On the 34th day of a government shutdown brought on by President Donald Trump's insistence that only a wall at the southern border could sufficiently inhibit illegal immigration, Arizona Border Patrol released a video poking a hole in the President's argument.
Arizona Border Patrol tweeted a video of immigrants using a ladder to climb over a section of wall near Yuma, AZ.
On Monday #CBP #YumaSector Border Patrol agents apprehended a group of 110+ Central Americans who illegally scaled… https://t.co/oUT51exS7t— CBP Arizona (@CBP Arizona) 1548272647.0
Americans began using the video to make the point that spending $5 billion on an ineffective structure isn't good policy.
@CBPArizona @BillWeirCNN Whaaaat??? 😳 You can use a ladder to scale a wall?? Has anyone mentioned this to Trump yet?— Me (@Me) 1548367714.0
@CBPArizona Congratulations. You just proved that high tech night vision surveillance equipment is more effective f… https://t.co/FdK8uPMl6x— Arizona Political 💎 (@Arizona Political 💎) 1548274967.0
@CBPArizona @83marine83 As long as the US has the need for cheap labor and drugs, the situation will not change eve… https://t.co/lngbEZcu4d— Norbert Wolff (@Norbert Wolff) 1548320679.0
@CBPArizona Good way to prove a wall won’t work.— Jackie McGee (@Jackie McGee) 1548352759.0
@CBPArizona ......WITH A LADDER...... I completely support additional border security - but not in the form of a w… https://t.co/bj36biLPZt— 🌊 Just JUDY 🌊 (@🌊 Just JUDY 🌊) 1548367789.0
The climbers were later apprehended by border officials, but only after making it over the wall and past the border.
Throughout his constant endorsement of a wall at the southern border, the President has frequently been reminded of the existence of ladders.
IF YOU HAVE A LADDER, A WALL DOESN’T MATTER! I love morning rhyme time. https://t.co/W0yCIkpdtD— Liddle’ Savage (@Liddle’ Savage) 1548248843.0
@SexCounseling @Seylahvee @ATree87571299 This. And also shovels and ladders are things. And we need immigration… https://t.co/MEb9y0tCtt— markels (@markels) 1548359790.0
@realDonaldTrump $50 ladder vs $5 billion wall https://t.co/asWM8xEUSm— Joguzzi (@Joguzzi) 1548335366.0
@realDonaldTrump A wall, or rusty scrap metal fence, is extremely antiquated and not nearly as effective as using m… https://t.co/BJj2OuZE0g— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1547822007.0
Nevertheless, Trump has been adamant in his demands for money to construct the wall. His refusal to sign any resolution to reopen the government without this allocation has resulted in the longest government shutdown in American history.