An article from the Washington Post tells us
Most hard drugs the come to the US from Mexico enter via ports of entry, not open sections of the border
The Guzman (El Chapo) trial detailed methods used including inside railroad tanker cars, trucks and even a submarine.
Also here was a story from the El Paso Times
El Paso Times
Build a wall in sandy soil and people with shovels can burrow underneath. In this case they gave themselves up for asylum shortly after crossing.
What good is a wall if it is only temporary or for show?
Remember those images of troops stringing up razor wire just before the election? Apparently it has been taken down again in Laredo and Hildago.
U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar
As one recalls, it was a visible message of having troops at the border. These troops were deployed just a week or two before the 2018 midterms.
While it may have served public relations purposes, locals pretty quickly branded it as ineffective and dangerous in other ways.
Not long after they had the chance, the brought it down and their congressman also sent out the note above.
A story today about a tunnel found near San Diego.
A story about what happens when a border wall prototype was tested with a steel saw.
The figured being suggested for border wall funding are large.
Corruption has been found in some of the past border wall building efforts.
The Texas Tribune
Some have gone so far as to question whether Trump or Trump cronys might personally profit.
Certainly an area to keep an eye out, even among some of the recent companies involved with border wall prototypes.
Project On Government Oversight
Another drug tunnel was recently found near Nogales.
The Arizona Republic
There are nine congressional districts along the US/Mexico border. All of them have representatives who oppose a border wall from sea to sea. Many of them are willing to discuss notions of ‘border security’ but are careful to point out that the wall is not border security.
Will Hurd is interesting as the only Republican of the nine as well as the representative that has the longest stretch of border. His district also has some of the most remote and desolate places. The article below describes reasons behind his views including impacts on local communities and overall effectiveness.
This is now a new-found view for Hurd. He even won a close election in his district in 2018 while defending this view.
There is a gofundme campaign to raise money for ladders to get over the wall.
The effort is somewhat tongue in cheek and also a reaction to the separate gofundme that was supposed to raise money for the wall.
That particular effort recently announced it was refunding all the money. You can read their rationale below, though it is curious how realistic they were at the outset.
It was also later pointed out this was a good way of harvesting email contact information.
Recent NPR program
this references data that was published last year from the Department of Homeland Security.