A Mexican lawmaker climbed the border wall to send Trump a message

Braulio Guerra, a member of Mexico’s Congress, scaled the border fence that separates Mexico from the U.S. to prove that Trump’s wall is a dumb idea.

In a video posted to his official Twitter account, Guerra is seen sitting on top of the fence, which is roughly 26 feet tall, telling his followers that despite its height, the fence is “easy to climb,” and, by default, easy to climb over to abscond into the United States.

“I was able to scale it, climb it, and sit myself right here,” Guerra said in the video. “It would be simple for me to jump into the United States.”

Guerra said he performed the stunt to prove the “absurdity” of President Trump’s proposal to build an even larger wall along the U.S./Mexico border.

Guerra, who is a member of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party and a deputy of the Mexican state of Querétaro, directly pleaded with Trump to pursue foreign policy with Mexico that would help the two countries to “be good neighbors, to have friendly relations that translate into good economic terms and development for the two countries.”

The promise of a new border wall with Mexico was a cornerstone of Trump’s presidential campaign. Even though the Trump administration has only found $20 million in tax revenue for the estimate $20 billion cost of the wall, President Trump has promised that Mexico would eventually pay for the wall. One proposal the administration floated was a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports, though the White House later walked back the proposal when it was revealed U.S. consumers — not the Mexican government — would end up shouldering that cost.

 

Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.