Border Wall Scaled with $5.30 of Rebar

Someone forgot to inform the federal government that drug traffickers are clever and resourceful:

The ladders appear to be made by hand from two poles of 3/8-inch rebar and four thinner poles, fitted with steps and bent over at the end in a ‘U’ shape to hook on the top of the wall.

The El Paso Times reports smugglers could be sourcing the rebar from a local hardware store in Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican city just south of El Paso, where six metres of the material costs roughly $5.30 (£4).

To date, almost 100 miles of border have been built under the Trump administration, mostly to replace and improve existing barriers.

Mr Trump’s campaign promised that Mexico would pay for the wall, but thus far the almost $10bn (£7.7bn) budget has come from taxpayer money. […]

A total 450 miles of the barrier is expected to be completed by the end of this year. […]

Failed DEA operations in Afghanistan have already sucked nearly $9 billion into the drug war’s black hole. Total losses in these categories may exceed $19 billion if construction on the Mexican border wall continues. Despite the ongoing fraud and waste, US taxpayers may find a bit of comfort in knowing that a mere 20 feet of #3 rebar can help bring victory and freedom to people around the world in the ongoing struggle against corrupt drug skirmishes and schemes.

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