A viral video which appears to show people easily climbing the US-Mexico border wall and sliding down the other side of it is making the rounds on social media.
The video, originally posted to Twitter by J. Omar Ornelas, was captioned, “This is the newly replaced wall along the US/MEXICO border. #TheWall.” Ornelas is a bi-lingual photojournalist in Palm Springs, California and has garnered millions of views.
The video features one person at the bottom of the wall holding a ladder steady while two other people climb the ladder. Then one person just easily slid down the slats in the border fence and proceeds to run away as a vehicle pulls up, possibly from Border Patrol. The remaining two people simply remove the ladder and stay on the Mexico side.
Ornelas did not state the location or the specific time of the video and did not immediately reply when contacted for comment.
The US Customs and Border Protection said that the video was from the El Centro Sector in Southern California in the Imperial Valley. The CBP did comment, however, saying on Twitter that the wall had worked “exactly as designed” in this incident. Hmmm.
President Trump has made a good portion of his term as president centered on the US-Mexico border issues and has, of course, promised to “build a wall” that could hold up to the constant influx of migrants.
Trump has been beyond proud to unveil the models of his wall systems in the past. The versions he released were made of concrete and steel and did seem to withstand attempts to scale them. Since he has been in office, however, no new walls have been built. A portion of the existing partition in Otay Mesa, California, was replaced with a new design that Trump called “amazing” and bears the President’s Sharpie signature for good measure.
Trump has previously stated that it would be “virutally impossible” to climb this wall.
The president said confidently, “I tell you this very strongly: No more people can come in.”
“I tell you this very strongly: No more people can come in.”Trump, on the border wall situation
Obviously, he is misguided as recent videos have surfaced featuring people scaling an 18-foot replica of the wall. One of those people? An eight year old child.