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PHOTOS: Trump Supporters Form ‘Human Wall’ at the Border in Sunland Park, New Mexico

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US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week, President Donald Trump claimed that the “crisis” at our nation’s border is so catastrophic that “We will build a Human Wall if necessary.”

It looks like some of the president’s supporters have taken that tweet rather literally, according to reports that a group, donning “Make America Great Again” hats, gathered to form a human “wall” along a section of the U.S.-Mexico border in Sunland Park, New Mexico, just northwest of El Paso, Texas.

Pictures from the demonstration soon made the rounds online.

As did video footage:

Though it appears the “tremendous numbers” of immigrants streaming through the southern border had a previous engagement, those who participated in blocking them were swiftly criticized.

The president’s claims of a “crisis” at the border are overblown.

Trump during his State of the Union address stressed the need for a border wall and announced that he had ordered 3,750 troops to prepare for what he referred to as a “tremendous onslaught.”

The president further claimed that “No issue better illustrates the divide between America’s working-class and America’s political class than illegal immigration” and that “working-class Americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal immigration.”

In fact, the number of arrests by the Border Patrol is the lowest since the early 1970s, even as the number of agents has more than doubled.

Border Patrol made over 1.6 million arrests in 2000. At the time, there were just 9,600 agents nationwide. As the government has devoted more time and resources to staffing, surveillance technology, and fencing, that number has dropped steeply. 19,000 Border Patrol agents made 310,000 arrests during the last fiscal year.

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