Nov 2, 2019

Smugglers have been sawing through Trump's border wall

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Smuggling gangs in Mexico have been using power tools to saw through new parts of President Trump's border wall, making openings for people and drug loads to pass through, according to the Washington Post.

Why it matters: The border wall was one of Trump's significant policies and rallying cries during the campaign, and it is "a physical symbol of his presidency, touting its construction progress in speeches, ads and tweets," the Post writes.

Details: Smugglers have used a household tool called a reciprocating saw that sells at hardware stores for about $100, the Post reports, citing U.S. agents and officials. The tool's blade can slice through the barrier's steel in minutes.

  • They have also used ladders to go atop the barriers in areas around San Diego, per the Post.

Of note: The Post obtained data that shows the administration has completed 2% of the 166 miles of planned barrier construction at the border. Nearly all of the planned construction would take place on private land the government hasn't obtained.

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First new section of Trump's border wall goes up in Rio Grande Valley

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Nearly three years after President Trump took office, the first section of his promised southern border wall has been installed about a mile north of the Rio Grande, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The government is scrambling to complete 500 miles of wall by the end of next year, per the Times. However, several roadblocks have cropped up along the way, with House Democrats trying to block funding and private landowners fighting the government in court.

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Apprehensions dwindle at southern border as fewer migrant families seek asylum

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Officials apprehended more than 42,000 people at the U.S.-Mexico border last month, Customs and Border Patrol commissioner Mark Morgan said on Thursday, per CNN.

Why it matters: The number of apprehensions has continued to drop since its peak of 133,000 earlier this year. Morgan pointed to a 14% dip since September, CNN notes.

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