Mexican smuggling gangs have repeatedly sawed through new sections of President Trump’s border wall with commonly available power tools and have created large enough openings for people and drugs to pass through, The Washington Post reported.
U.S. agents and officials with knowledge of the damage told the Post that the gaps have been made using a popular cordless reciprocating saw that can be purchased at hardware stores for as little as $100. When fitted with specialized blades, the tool can cut through one of the wall’s steel and concrete bollards in minutes.
Engineers told the newspaper that smugglers can push the steel out of the way after cutting through the base of a single bollard and that the height of the bollard makes it easier to push aside after the cut has been made.
Nearly a dozen agents and current and former administration officials said crews have adopted other methods of breaching the wall, including building makeshift ladders, particularly in and around San Diego, which is a popular smuggling area.