Immigration

Trump’s Border “Wall” Has Huge Gaps, Flaws, Missing Parts

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

When I casually speculated that future administrations would likely find many flaws in the constructions of Trump's fake border "wall," I did not necessarily expect the Washington Post would report as much the very next day.

Border officials and engineers who spoke to the Post say the Trump regime did not account for the summer monsoon season of the desert southwest when they designed Trump's fence and most sections of it lack storm gates that will allow water and the debris it carries to pass through.

Installing those gates is expected to make it even easier to pass beyond the so-called "wall." Moreover, there are already large gaps in the "wall" left behind by construction crews who had no other choice.

NACO, Ariz. — President Trump's border wall probably will require the installation of hundreds of storm gates to prevent flash floods from undermining or knocking it over, gates that must be left open for months every summer during "monsoon season" in the desert, according to U.S. border officials, agents and engineers familiar with the plans. [...]

Outside of the high-traffic areas, much of the U.S.-Mexico border through New Mexico and Arizona is lined with vehicle barriers that are welded from old rail tracks. Though they would stop a car or truck from crossing, they allow water and debris — as well as wildlife and people — to pass through.

Trump’s border project is replacing those barriers with the steel bollards, which act like a sieve and can impede water flow.

At several locations in Arizona where construction crews are racing to erect the structure, workers have been leaving gaps at creek beds and river channels because they do not yet have the new fencing panels with storm gates. Older vehicle barriers remain in place along those sections, the gaps akin to missing teeth.

Of course Trump is replacing something that has always worked with a gaudy piece of shit that will be dilapidated within a few years.

It's kind of his thing.

  • Tony Lavely

    Seriously, what did you expect?
    It’s a perfect description of the man himself.

  • muselet

    I am thick as mince and even I know it rains in Arizona in the summer (roughly half the state’s annual rainfall comes during monsoon season).

    The contractors looking at the plans for Donald Trump’s Medieval Vanity Project had to have noticed the … erm … shortcomings of the design, but they chose to take the money and run, and build a shoddy barrier that blows over in a stiff breeze and gets uprooted if it rains. They had to know and yet they built the monstrosity to spec.

    Can I get a vote from the community, please, on whether that’s because of greed or incompetence? Thanks.

    –alopecia

    • Tony Lavely

      I vote, Yes.

      • muselet

        Yeah, I know, greed and incompetence aren’t even close to being mutually exclusive. I need to be more careful in my phrasing.

        –alopecia

    • Draxiar

      Muselet, I’ve worked in construction for over 20 years both on the engineering side and contracting side. With what I’m about to explain please view this through the lens of trump administration and honest human error. Nothing gets built without approval from the owner and with this being a government job there’s quite a bit of approval that should happen from various agencies and inspectors. Engineers do not design anything with the idea that it will have to be changed later because that will cost them money. If contractors are aware of an error in the design they *should* notify the engineers of the design flaw so it can be fixed before the install (some contractors will install it knowing of the flaw so they can punk someone for money to change it…there’s more to this but let’s continue). Just about everything in construction comes down to cost. What is willing to be spent vs what is designed vs materials and labor and so on. There’s a lot of moving parts to any project and more documentation than you shake a blown over wall at. in all of it, everything had to be agreed to and signed off on by someone of authority.

      To answer your question is it greed? Depends. Incompetence? Almost certainly. Mind you, who’s incompetence it is is up for great debate.

      • muselet

        I intended no offense to either engineers or contractors as a whole.

        I’m willing to bet multiple companies on the ground sent reports to the feds, detailing the inadequacies of the barrier design; I’m willing to bet double-or-nothing those reports got quietly filed away by lowly employees who didn’t want to get yelled at by some Trump lackey higher up the food chain (or were told to do so by some Trump lackey higher up the food chain). It’s hard to warn people who don’t want to listen.

        On the other hand, several companies looked at the RFP (probably scrawled in crayon on lined paper) on the project, cartoon dollar signs lit up their eyes and they slapped together prototypes, seemingly without ever looking at a map of the US-Mexico border.

        My background is in the sciences and my father was a metallurgist for a tubing company for forty-plus years. Don’t be careless because that wastes money is deeply embedded in my brain, and it’s irritating to find people at multiple stages of the design and construction processes screwing up and shrugging (leaving aside the stupidity of the entire endeavor).

        –alopecia

        • Draxiar

          Oh I didn’t take it as an insult in any way, my friend. I only detail the process to offer context and mindset. Speaking of mindset, any company that would be part of this monstrosity has checked their morals at the door or is embracing their absence of moral integrity.

          “Don’t be careless because that wastes money” is an excellent maxim the spirit of which I try to carry through all I do with my work.