The Washington Post reports that smugglers used cheap tools to saw through Trump's expensive wall 18 times in the San Diego area over a one-month period:
The records do not indicate whether the one-month span last year is a representative sample of how frequently people are trying to breach new sections of Trump's border barrier, which are made of tall steel bollards partially filled with concrete and rebar. The Post reported last November that smuggling crews armed with common battery-operated power tools — including reciprocating saws that retail for as little as $100 at home improvement stores — can cut hack through the bollards using inexpensive blades designed for slicing through metal and stone.
The wall, which Trump lied that Mexico would pay for, is also easy to climb over:
Trump repeatedly touted the bollard fencing as impenetrable in rallies and speeches, until The Post reported that smugglers were climbing the 30-foot structure with improvised ladders and hacking at the bollards with "recip saws" and other commercially available power tools. The president has since backed down on those claims.
"You can cut through anything, in all fairness," Trump acknowledged in a speech 24 hours later, on Nov. 3, insisting the barrier was designed to be easily repaired.