Just ahead of Trump’s delayed State of the Union address, border patrol agents found a massive and well-hidden tunnel directly beneath the site of Trump’s proposed border wall. Trump is expected to promote the wall, which is expected to cost over $30 billion to construct if he gets his way, during the speech, just as he has in every informal speech he’s given since he shut down the government over it back in December.
Critics have pointed out that there are a few ways for determined individuals to get around walls, no matter how robust they may be. These methods include simply using ladders and ropes to scale the walls, which already happens on a regular basis, and digging tunnels underneath the wall, which also has already been happening under existing stretches of wall.
This newly discovered tunnel is 60-feet long and was still under construction at the time it was found. It was one of the first found in the state of Texas according to local businessman Orthal Brand Jr.: “You’ve seen them on the news in Arizona and New Mexico and stuff like that, but I’ve never seen one in the Valley.”
Brand also says that destroying the tunnel is going to be difficult due to the fact that it was dug into a river embankment. “It’s hard for me to put a piece of equipment on the edge of a 30-foot sand cliff, and reach down and try to collapse something, without putting my own piece of equipment and my operator at risk,” he said. They might have to use dynamite in order to effectively close this path into the U.S.
The resources used to hire Brand and will have to be used to destroy the tunnel represent another hidden cost of a border wall that critics have been pointing out for many months. Trump’s proposed wall would cost additional billions every year in standard maintenance alone. It’s difficult to calculate how much money would also have to be spent on locating and safely destroying the tunnels that will inevitably be dug under any border wall.
No matter how many times people point out the flaws inherent in the border wall plan on Twitter, Trump has still declined to address these extra costs to the taxpayer in any of his speeches or tweets about it. Of course, that doesn’t stop people from pointing it out some more. And laughing.
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In other news, Ladder store opens next to Trump's proposed border wall.— joykatl (@joykatl) February 2, 2019
It must reach the Earths core! Until the Democrats agree to this I will shut down the Government.— Matt Bouchard (@MattBouchard_) February 3, 2019
In Trumpian (so he might understand): Tunnels are like wheels and walls. They've been around forever, like ladders and ropes, and climbing equipment. They're all very useful for their purposes.— Julie Fraser (@the2murrays) February 2, 2019
He will ask for a force field, just like the one he saw in The Avangers IW. If the congress refuses to build it he will declare state of emergency and have the space force built it.— Percy The Imp (@ImpPercyPtible) February 3, 2019
Make America Wakanda For The First Time.
That's not a "tunnel."— JBLamborn (@Piedmont78) February 3, 2019
That's a fabulous "Trump Undertower."
Get it right!
Like in Helsinki, when he said wall he misspoke, he meant moat.— I'm Nick I am (@AnnoGalactic) February 2, 2019
Just take all the leaves we rake up in the forests of CA to fill the tunnel. Problem solved.— Sterno (@gmstearns) February 2, 2019
Is the tunnel older than the wheel? Asking for a friend.— Cole Miller (@MillerMiller656) February 4, 2019
She should hold a picture of it up while she's sitting behind Trump at the State of the Union address.— (((drbloor))) (@docbloor) February 4, 2019
He needs to build a wall in front of that tunnel, that'll stop 'em. Maybe next time they'll have to use a ladder. Or a ramp. Or one of the many other ways to defeat a wall.— Mr Wunwunderful 🔴⚪⚫ (@AcrossTheKeeper) February 4, 2019
On a positive note, that looks like a well-built and sturdy tunnel. Maybe it’s time to hire people from Mexico to fix our crumbling infrastructure instead of trying to keep them out.