- The Washington Times - Monday, July 27, 2020

Homeland Security said Monday that a viral video claiming to be a section of the border wall toppling over during Hurricane Hanna this weekend is actually from a wind storm last month.

The video, which spawned much ridicule of President Trump, shows construction crews standing nearby as sections of the wall fall, domino-style. Those sharing the video have claimed it was due to the hurricane which slammed southern Texas.

But Customs and Border Protection, the agency overseeing the construction, said it is “not aware” of any sections of the wall falling over due to the hurricane.

“The video circulating on social media appears to be from June 2020 when high winds caused several border wall panels that were pending additional anchoring to fall over at a construction site near Deming, New Mexico,” the agency said.

CBP said that section of wall is being paid for by money Mr. Trump reallocated from Pentagon accounts over to the Army Corps of Engineers, and referred questions to that agency.



The Army Corps confirmed the video was from June 5, when a high wind gust knocked over panels in the El Paso area.

“In response, the contractor revised its barrier panel-bracing procedures and work has continued on the project without further incident,” the Corps said.

Another section of border wall in California did topple in high winds in January. Officials said the concrete didn’t have time to set before the winds blew it down.

Since the start of this administration, Homeland Security has erected 256 miles of new wall. Just four of those miles sealed off previously unprotected parts of the border, while most of the rest has gone to replace outdated fencing and vehicle barriers.

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