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Mexican Politician Climbs Border Wall To Protest Trump

| by Ray Brown

A Mexican congressman climbed one of the walls along the U.S.-Mexico border to protest President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall along the entire border.

"I was able to scale it, climb it, and sit myself right here," Braulio Guerra, a congressman from the state of Queretaro, said in a video he recorded as he straddled the 30-foot wall on the border near Tijuana, according to the New York Post.

"You can climb it with great ease, one climbs in an instant," Guerra said, according to ABC News. "I climbed it in Tijuana, one of the highest parts, even from a distance this looks very complex, but there are young people that go up and down, at all times."

He added: "It would be simple for me to jump into the United States, which shows that it is unnecessary and totally absurd to build a wall. It’s easy, and it shows how unnecessary this project, this political rhetoric from Donald Trump, is."

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Southern California has had a wall along the border separating Tijuana on the Mexican side and San Diego on the U.S. side since 1989, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Construction intensified in 1996 and now is a common sight for people who live in the area.

"For somebody who lives in San Diego, we understand we already have a wall," said Alejandra Castaneda, a California resident who researches immigration at Tijuana's El Colegio de la Frontera Norte. "Not only one wall, but a triple wall in some areas."

In 1989, the U.S. built a 46-mile wall that ranged between 6 and 10 feet tall.

In 1996, a secondary wall was built. It spanned 13 miles and stood between 15 feet and 18 feet high.

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Despite the wall, the border area between San Diego and Tijuana is still crossed by people seeking to enter the U.S. illegally.

"I don't know of any other law enforcement agency that has a more complex mission than what we do on the border every single day," said Pete Flores, director of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's San Diego field office, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Trump has proposed building a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border.

The cost of such a project has not yet been officially determined. But studies indicate that the cost to build and maintain the wall will be massively steep.

In 2007, the Congressional Research Office estimated that building and maintaining a 700-mile wall for 25 years could cost American taxpayers $49 billion.

Sources: ABC News, New York Post, San Diego Union-Tribune / Photo credit: Braulio Guerra/Twitter

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