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  Test of steel prototype for border wall showed it could be sawed through
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Last EditedRP  Jan 10, 2019 08:32am
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AuthorJacob Soboroff and Julia Ainsley
News DateThursday, January 10, 2019 01:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPresident Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated for a steel slat design for his border wall, which he described as "absolutely critical to border security" in his Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday. But Department of Homeland Security testing of a steel slat prototype proved it could be cut through with a saw, according to a report by DHS.

A photo exclusively obtained by NBC News shows the results of the test after military and Border Patrol personnel were instructed to attempt to destroy the barriers with common tools.

However, testing by DHS in late 2017 showed all eight prototypes, including the steel slats, were vulnerable to breaching, according to an internal February 2018 U.S. Customs and Border Protection report.
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