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Friday, January 19, 2018

Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press. Military special forces based in Florida and U.S. Customs and Border Protection special units spent three weeks trying to breach and scale the eight models in San Diego, using jackhammers, saws, torches and other tools and climbing devices, said the official. Carlos Diaz, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection, said the agency is still in "the testing phase" and that results are being evaluated. He said combining elements of different prototypes instead of picking a winner is consistent with previous statements by officials. He noted that the agency said in its bidding guidelines that a minimum height of 18 feet (5.4 meters) would be a key characteristic. He said he did not have additional details on test results.

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A Customs and Border Protection report on the tests identifies strengths and flaws of each design but does not pick an overall winner or rank them, though it does point to see-through steel barriers topped by concrete as the best overall design, the official said.

The report favors steel at ground level because agents can see what is happening on the other side and holes can more easily be patched, the official said. With concrete, large slabs have to be replaced for even small breaches, which is time-consuming and expensive. Topping the steel with smooth concrete surfaces helps prevent climbing.

The report recommends combining elements of each, depending on the terrain. The official likened it to a Lego design, pulling pieces from different prototypes.

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Build the Wall!

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-01-19 07:12 PM | Reply

Build the Wall!

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92

And Mexico will pay for it!

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-19 07:21 PM | Reply

The report favors steel at ground level because agents can see what is happening on the other side and holes can more easily be patched, the official said. With concrete, large slabs have to be replaced for even small breaches, which is time-consuming and expensive.

So their concern is the cost of repairing breaches? You'd think they'd be more concerned with it being breached in the first place.

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-19 07:33 PM | Reply

Fake test. No explosives used.

#4 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-19 08:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Build the Wall!

We can't even fund our bridges any more and you think the dithering dunce is going to find the money to fund a 1,989-mile-long border wall.

#5 | Posted by rcade at 2018-01-20 11:44 AM | Reply

Hey just go around them. Problem solved.

#6 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-20 11:47 AM | Reply

"Build the Wall!"

We will as soon as Trump gets Mexico to pay for it just as he and his thousands of supporters repeatedly chanted it would.

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-20 11:51 AM | Reply

Hey just go around them. Problem solved.

#6 | POSTED BY LAURAMOHR

Or fly over.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-20 12:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If he can't get Mexico to pay for it, Trump's backup plan is to make New Mexico pay for the wall. That way he can still claim victory

#9 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-20 01:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

As long as Mexico bans boats, planes, shovels, drones and 20' ladders... the wall can't fail

#10 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2018-01-21 01:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Noles, perhaps we should build a wall that goes up to 30,000 feet because about 40% of the illegals fly in and overstay their visas. Of course, building a wall that high will raise the cost considerably.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-21 06:09 PM | Reply

--because about 40% of the illegals fly in and overstay their visas

All the proves is we should be issuing far fewer visas, and base them on likelihood to go home.

#12 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-01-21 06:14 PM | Reply

#4

I thought about that too. Give the commandos a truck and four tons of ammonium nitrate and see what happens to that wall.

#13 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-21 06:24 PM | Reply

"All the proves is we should be issuing far fewer visas, and base them on likelihood to go home."

A million people legally cross the border into the US every day.
What's a better number? 500,000?
Great for tourism!

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-21 06:48 PM | Reply

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