Welcome to the wind resistance.
On Wednesday, high winds resulted in several concrete panels on the border wall, which had recently been installed and hadn't fully dried, falling over from the California side into the Mexican side, according to CNN.
Police in Mexicali said that the portion of the wall, which is 130 feet long, fell over the border and onto some trees shortly before noon PT Wednesday, according to KYMA. Winds in the area hit as high as 37 mph that day, according to the National Weather Service.
Customs and Border Protection agent Carlos Pitones told CNN that the wall sections that toppled had recently been placed in a new concrete foundation, which hadn’t completely set when the wind hit. “We are grateful there was no property damage or injuries," Pitones told CNN. Building a border wall was one of President Donald Trump’s key campaign promises back in 2016, but over the past few years, the issue has been nothing but a headache for the administration. Smugglers have reportedly been using $100 saws to cut through sections of it, while others have figured out how to climb around the wall’s “anti-climb panels,” Trump administration officials and agents told the Washington Post last November.
Earlier this month, the administration announced it had crossed the threshold of more than a hundred miles of a wall being built. At least 90 of those miles were replacing the existing walls, although officials continue to insist that’s “new wall.”
"One thing I want to emphasize is that every inch of the 100 miles that we have constructed is a new border wall system," Homeland Security acting secretary Chad Wolf told reporters earlier this month. "It's not so-called replacement wall, as some of our critics claimed. It is a new wall."
Trump’s repeated claim that Mexico would pay for the wall has also not come to fruition, but he continues to claim it will, most recently at a rally in Wildwood, New Jersey, earlier this week.
"We like Mexico very much and we've gotten along great with Mexico, and the president’s a friend of mine. I think he's doing a fantastic job," Trump said, referring to new Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. "But Mexico is, in fact, you will soon find out, paying for the wall. The wall is ultimately and very nicely being paid for by Mexico."
While Mexico isn’t paying for the wall itself, it is playing a huge role in preventing migrants from reaching the United States. Earlier this month, Mexican security forces began blocking the path of migrants attempting to enter the country via its Suchiate River border with Guatemala, even deploying tear gas in order to force migrants onto buses.
Functioning wall or not, the Trump administration’s anti-immigration efforts appear to be reshaping immigration across the southern border. In 2018, immigration to the United States abruptly slowed to a decline of more than 70 percent from the previous year, according to an analysis last year.