Over the weekend, as Hurricane Hanna hit south Texas, video of the border fence overturning was widely shared and attributed to the storm’s winds, but U.S. officials said it wasn’t. was not the case.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the video was from June when high winds knocked down parts of the border wall near Deming, New Mexico, not the result of the hurricane.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said they were unaware of the fall of border barriers due to Hurricane Hanna that hit the Rio Grande Valley over the weekend. The border police agency suspected the video was from June in New Mexico, which has been confirmed by the U.S. military.
“The video circulating on social media appears to be dated June 2020, when high winds caused several border wall panels to fall awaiting additional anchoring at a construction site near Deming, New Mexico,” said CBP in a press release.
The border fence project was funded by the Department of Defense, CBP said.
The construction of a border wall was one of President Donald Trump’s main campaign promises. During his rallies, Trump said Mexico would pay for the wall, but it did not. Instead, the project is expected to cost US taxpayers billions of dollars.
In January, KYMA reported that several newly installed border wall panels fell by high winds and landed on the Mexican side. CBP told the station that the divested sections had recently been installed in a new concrete foundation in Calexico, Calif. And had yet to be hardened, resulting in the panels falling.
Despite the structure Trump described as “virtually impenetrable,” the Washington Post reported that the smugglers sawed off new sections of the border wall.
Another section of the South Texas border wall that was built along the banks of the Rio Grande with private funding was in danger of falling, ProPublica reported. The 3-mile section of the border fence directly on the banks of the river that separates the United States and Mexico showed signs of runoff erosion, with engineers and hydrologists telling the news agency that it should never have been built so close to the river.