I laughed to hear how Trump is choosing his design of wall, with a roll on top to make it harder to climb over.
I am not a great climber. I used to climb ladders and the occasional tree in my youth, but even I could get over his wall multiple ways:
- From one side find or make an anchor for a climbing rope. Using a mortar or some other kind of launcher, send a pointed and barbed missile over the wall dragging a rope. Pull the rope tight and tie it to the anchoring point. Climb the rope to reach the top of the wall. Rappel or slide down the other side of the rope. With a bit of practice (Yes, bad guys can build a wall and practise climbing it…), this would take five minutes, tops. Once your guy is on the other end he can send over a conveyor rope and pull people and lower them down the other side. It’s slow but at a few $thousand per person profitable.
- Bad guys can afford explosives. Design a breaching charge that works and blast through the wall at 50 points at 2am some night and flood the zone. The wall might as well not be there.
- Some of the walls have a crevice between two sections. Climbers can drive pitons into those crevices and install rope ladders/elevators/conveyors just like Macy’s.
- Oh, then there’s the old-fashioned ladder. Make one with a hook on top to fit the wall. Send your guy up to install the ladder and hoist another over the wall to work on the far side. Able-bodied folks can climb up one ladder and down the other. Take the ladders down when done or abandon them. They cost ~$100.
- Fly over either with a visa or illegally. That’s how most border-crossings that result in illegal immigration are done now without the wall. It’s easier than hiking in the desert.
So, Trump’s wall is irrelevant and expensive, serving only to make the process of smuggling people/drugs/money/weapons more profitable. But, hay! If it creates one job, eh?