According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, illegal immigrants cut nearly 10,000 holes in the Mexican border fence while Barack Obama was in office. The report said that during a six-year period of the Obama presidency, people cut 9,287 holes in the pedestrian fencing that covers around 350 miles of the total border.
“Border fencing types include pedestrian fencing, which is primarily intended to slow down and deter pedestrians from crossing the border, and vehicle fencing, which is intended to resist vehicles engaged in drug trafficking and alien smuggling operations and is typically used in rural or isolated locations that have a low occurrence of illegal pedestrian traffic,” said the GAO.
While the border between the U.S. and Mexico is nearly 10,000 miles long, only 654 miles are protected by fencing of any kind. The GAO said it was not unusual for illegal immigrants to cut holes in the fence so they can cross into the country.
“Agents we spoke with in the El Paso and Tucson sectors explained that one of the most common methods employed by illegal entrants involves cutting openings, or breaches, in pedestrian and vehicle fencing,” reported the agency. “Once breached, illegal entrants can cross through the fence or smuggle people and contraband into the United States.”
That method of entry may be coming to an end, though, as President Trump moves forward with his plan to build a wall and increase the number of Border Patrol agents policing the area. The Customs and Border Protection Agency announced they would begin accepting bids from contractors starting this week, and the agency expects at least 300 companies to submit proposals. They say an initial round of contracts could be awarded as soon as April.
As the bids are accepted, Americans will get the first tangible indication of what, exactly, Trump’s big, beautiful border wall will actually look like. Companies are being asked to submit prototype designs for the wall, and the Department of Homeland Security will then build a selection of possible designs in San Diego to determine which one will do the trick.
“The primary purpose of this effort is to develop design standards for a border wall that may be constructed along the southwest border with Mexico,” said CBP spokesman Michael Friel in a statement. “Prototype construction is anticipated to begin in late April with an approximately 60-day period of performance, assuming there are no delays in the solicitation, evaluation, and/or selection process.”
Delays? On a federal government project? No, we’re sure there won’t be any of those…
But while we can entertain some skepticism about the timeline, the fact that they’re even trying to get this thing in motion proves that President Trump is committed to a philosophy of “under budget and ahead of schedule.” This is a man who is consumed with getting things done, and it’s been far too long since we’ve had such an individual in the White House. This was a project that even many supporters doubted they would ever see finished – a project his critics said would never happen in a million years. Construction may or may not begin as quickly as Trump would prefer, but it’s going to begin.
What else is there to say, except…MAGA!