The Trump administration has been all hands on deck to push his border wall. From the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen dropping articles in memos and speech to say “From Congress I would ask for wall, we need wall” to making false claims in press conferences and tweets.
The latest effort finds White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders ignoring the facts of the drug trafficking modus operandi of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to push Trump’s border wall on Twitter. Sharing a report about El Chapo’s trial, Sanders posted:
“El Chapo’s reign of terror is over. He‘ll spend the rest of his life in a maximum security prison. The threat from violent drug cartels is real – we must secure our border”
El Chapo’s reign of terror is over. He‘ll spend the rest of his life in a maximum security prison. The threat from violent drug cartels is real – we must secure our border https://t.co/1iyRKAi91i
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) February 13, 2019
It’s no secret that President Donald Trump thinks a big multi-billion dollar wall/fence—with his name on it—will end all drug smuggling and human trafficking. He and other members of the Trump administration made that claim over and over.
But while invoking the name of El Chapo as the boogeyman who the wall will stop, some important facts are forgotten. Facts that border security experts pointed out the first time Trump decided to make wall building—paid for by Mexico—a focal point of his 2016 presidential campaign.
The primary means of smuggling drugs and people into the United States is with modern transportation through legal ports of entry, not walking across the southern border. During El Chapo’s trial, members of his cartel testified all the ways drugs were smuggled that Trump’s border wall would be completely ineffective against.
As with the other times Trump administration officials obfuscated to attempt to bolster support for Trump’s border wall, people were ready to enlighten Sanders on her misunderstanding of El Chapo’s drug trafficking operation.
You are a moron. He dug tunnels under walls and flew the drugs in.
— Kelly Magsamen (@kellymagsamen) February 13, 2019
…and used submarines.
— FerGil (@fergilmx) February 13, 2019
Trump never said his wall would stop at the Water’s edge. Submarines can’t get through underwater walls! He’s going to sink that wall and Atlantis will pay for it!
— ¡ǝʞılℲ ʎǝH (@Hey_Flike) February 13, 2019
FYI @PressSec he never once tried to drive any drugs around or through a fence.
— Collin Hart (@hart_collin) February 13, 2019
He was king of the tunnels, again…wall no bueno.
— Mike (@mikehoss) February 13, 2019
You do understand his drug transport was light years beyond walls…never mind. You lie for a living. #noconscience
— Jay Brightman (@jmbrightman) February 13, 2019
Nice try. But didn’t testimony at El Chapo’s trial prove his operation usually smuggled through legal checkpoints? That doesn’t boost your argument for the wall. Use the effort to secure the border in more high-tech ways and humane ways. And fund drug treatment with the $.
— Kristin V. Shaw (@KristinVShaw) February 13, 2019
Also submarines. Actual submarines. pic.twitter.com/LOqwBueNvT
— Dangerously Talented (@Dangerouslytal) February 13, 2019
They build small submarines large enough for a body to man and cram drugs in, then sub right into America. No wall could stop that. Maybe specialists trained by men in the Navy can stop this, or a1000 ft wall under the sea. Human jobs are needed, no wall.
— Jeanette Herrera (@Jaynet55Herrera) February 13, 2019
While others asked Sanders to explain what she thought a wall would contribute.