Smugglers tried to breach new Trump border wall 18 times during a single month: report

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Smugglers tried to breach President Trump’s border wall 18 times in the span of one month late last year, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post via a Freedom of Information Act request. 

The documents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) showed the breaches were attempted between Sept. 27 and Oct. 27 in the San Diego area.

Five of the 18 incidents occurred on a single day, Oct. 10, and the average cost of repair per breach attempt amounted to $620.

The records did not show whether the attempted breaches during the one-month span are a representative sample of the frequency of such incidents at the new part of the wall, which is constructed with steel bollards partially filled with concrete and rebar.

The CBP told the Post that the breaches were smuggling attempts but did not necessarily result in drugs or migrants entering the U.S.

The San Diego section of the wall is among the most fortified portions, with its barriers reaching as high as 30 feet tall.

“When complete, San Diego Sector will have the most advanced border wall system USBP has ever deployed,” the agency told the Post. “Until then, we continue to rely on existing situational awareness capabilities and manpower to mitigate potential breach attempts.”

A wider enforcement effort at the border has cut illegal crossings across the board, including in areas with steel barriers as well as those without fencing. 

CBP did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

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