When I first saw this headline from the Sacramento Bee, I got something of a sinking feeling. “Smugglers cut a truck-sized hole to drive 16 through US-Mexico border wall, feds say.” That was a depressing bit of news. I mean, we all knew that the new border wall design wasn’t going to be 100% impervious to attack and, in fact, somebody already cut a small hole in one section to pass drugs through.
But a hole big enough to literally drive a truck through? That’s bad news. Except for one problem. This wasn’t one of the new sections of border wall.
Sixteen people were arrested Wednesday in what federal officials described as a “brazen” smuggling attempt that involved cutting a section of the border wall in Southern California.
A white Dodge utility truck drove across the United States-Mexico border around 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday after human smugglers cut a hole in the “old landing mat border wall” near Campo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said in a news release on Thursday.
Then, around 4 p.m., agents spotted a man with a truck that matched that description using bolt cutters to cut a lock on a local’s private gate, according to federal officials.