A fence that has been built to secure the U.S.-Mexico border has been shown to be useless, taking two women less than 18 seconds to climb.
The border fence costs taxpayers millions of dollars but in a video shot by filmmaker Roy Germano for his documentary The Other Side Of Immigration, it shows how effortless it was to reach the top of the concrete-filled stell pipes.
The two women wearing casual attire of jeans and sweaters, wrap their legs around the 21-foot pole and pull themselves up using a sequence of quick movements that allowed them to reach the top in record time.
Questions are now being raised as to whether the fence is worth the expense. The blockade reportedly costs an average of $4million per mile of border fence.
Houston immigrant advocate Cesar Espinosa told Fox News that the barrier is poorly designed.
‘Huge amounts of money beign poured into this, and we haven’t really seen progress’, Mr Espinosa said.
He added: ‘We need to have a combination of high technology predator drones. We need additional manpower along the border, and then where appropriate we need to build these double-layered secure fences to actually secure the border’.
But Bob Price from U.S. Border Watch said the video was ‘misleading’.
‘If that’s what we are spending our money on, I would say that’s right, but that’s not what was called for in the Secure Fence Act’, Mr Price said.
The 2006 Act called for a double layer fence with motion sensors to be placed on the border but the project has been beset with problems.
He said parts of the border fence that were properly built have successfully reduced illegal border crossing by 95 per cent.
The government announced last Friday that they were cancelling the troubled Bush-era billion-dollar ‘virtual fence’ project and said it will use alternate security measures instead to better guard the region.
The SBInet project run by Boeing Co launched in 2006 and was designed to use a combination of video cameras, radar, sensors and other technologies to catch illegal immigrants and smugglers trying to get across the border.
But Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that it now ‘does not meet current standards for viability and cost effectiveness’.
The Department of Homeland Security said the project which faced setbacks and missed deadlines had cost $1billion to cover just 53 miles in Arizona – it effectively became a money pit.
The new plan to use commercial surveillance systems, unmannned aerial drones and thermal imaging will cost less than $750million to cover the remaining 323 miles of Arizona’s border.
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