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World Tijuana residents laugh at border wall prototypes, call Trump 'loco'

22:32  13 march  2018
22:32  13 march  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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TIJUANA , Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican residents of a poor Tijuana slum in the shadow of eight prototypes of U.S. President Donald Trump ’s planned border wall called the project a waste of money and laughed at the idea the monolithic slabs will stop desperate immigrants.

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By Lizbeth Diaz and Delphine Schrank TIJUANA , Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican residents of a poor Tijuana slum in the shadow of eight prototypes of U.S. President Donald Trump 's planned border wall called the project a waste of money and laughed at the idea the monolithic slabs will stop

Mexican residents of a poor Tijuana slum in the shadow of eight prototypes of U.S. President Donald Trump ’s planned border wall called the project a waste of money and laughed at the idea the monolithic slabs will stop desperate immigrants. Several locals called Trump “ loco ” for thinking that

Mexican residents of a poor Tijuana slum in the shadow of eight prototypes of U.S. President Donald Trump's planned border wall called the project a waste of money and laughed at the idea the monolithic slabs will stop desperate immigrants.

Trump is due to make his first visit to California as president on Tuesday. His stop in San Diego to visit the prototypes will likely be greeted by demonstrators both in favor of and against his border security plans.

In the scrappy Rancho Escondido neighborhood on the Mexican side, several locals on Monday called Trump "loco" for thinking that spending billions of dollars on barriers would stop people determined to escape poverty and violence in Mexico and Central America.

"The size of these walls is not going to matter," said Rogelio Perez, 48, who lives in the trash-strewn sprawl of cinderblock homes and makeshift huts grouped around a lot for abandoned cars, in sight of the 30-foot (9 meter)-high concrete and steel models.

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By Lizbeth Diaz and Delphine Schrank TIJUANA , Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican residents of a poor Tijuana slum in the shadow of eight prototypes of U.S. President Donald Trump 's planned border wall called the project a waste of money and laughed at the idea the monolithic slabs will stop

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"I even think they'll try to cross with those pole vaults that they use in the Olympics," he said with a grin.

The prototypes, designed by six U.S.-based companies and unveiled last October, stand a few feet apart on the eastern edge of San Diego, several hundred feet from the rusty, stunted existing fence, part of a patchwork barrier that winds along the 1,954-mile frontier between the United States and Mexico.

Trump has sought $18 billion in funding to build the wall over the next two years. Magda Palacios, 56, joked that investing that money south of the border would be more effective at stopping the flow of people into the United States.

"It would be better, instead of putting up fences, to send us the checks," she said, flinging scrap metal into buckets in the yard of a house she made from salvaged junk.

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By Lizbeth Diaz and Delphine Schrank TIJUANA , Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican residents of a poor Tijuana slum in the shadow of eight prototypes of U.S. President Donald Trump 's planned border wall called the project a waste of money and laughed at the idea the monolithic slabs will stop

TIJUANA , Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican residents of a poor Tijuana slum in the shadow of eight prototypes of U.S. President Donald Trump 's planned border wall called the project a waste of money and laughed at the idea the monolithic slabs will stop desperate immigrants.

Beyond the jokes, there was an undertone of sadness and anger among some locals, who said Central American and Mexican immigrants offered more to the United States than they take. They expressed dismay that Trump viewed them as a danger.

"I don't understand how in this day and age they are doing this," said Perez. "The Berlin Wall came down, and here it seems that they are building it again."

Others in the neighborhood, a popular crossing point for border jumpers, examined the prototypes for weaknesses in designs that include an underground foundation to make tunneling harder.

One eight-year old girl pointed without hesitation to a steel-like structure capped in a narrow brown cylinder, saying Trump should pick that model, because it would be the least likely to stop an immigrant.

"The coffee-colored one," she said. "It's the easiest to throw an anchor up and pull yourself over."

Her mother, Salome Pacheco, said migrants would find ways to tunnel through, or resort to sea crossings to get into the United States.

"The wall is just a waste of money. People will continue to cross, here, there, and everywhere."

(Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and David Gregorio)

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