Many along this stretch of the border near Juarez were looking to turn themselves in to border patrol, while others have hired smugglers to try to evade agents. One smuggler spoke with CBS News on condition of anonymity. Even with the risk of being deported, they still want to try.
Family members in the U.S. tell them to keep trying, he said. His operation includes ladders to scale the wall, with peep holes to watch for border patrol — about $1,000 a try.
In six months, he said 80 to 100 people have paid him to cross the border.
Smugglers in Juárez have engineered camouflage hook-and-ladders made of rebar that blend in so well with the border wall that it can be hard to detect, according to U.S. Border Patrol. The ladders are the same rust brown color as the mesh panels or steel beams of the fence.
El Paso’s urban stretch of border is littered with the rusted rebar ladders at the base on both sides — ladders lying in wait on the Mexican side, ladders pulled down by border agents or abandoned by smugglers on the U.S. side. One of the rebar ladders was poking out of a dumpster in a lot near the Chihuahuita neighborhood on Thursday.
“Somebody is making money off those ladders,” said Agent Joe Romero, pointing to a mangled version tossed in the dirt on the U.S. side. “The agents pulled it off the wall and cut it up so it can’t be used again.”
A video from this morning shows not one or two but hundreds of illegals climbing the US-Mexican border.
Meanwhile, in Mexico … Hundreds climbing US-Mexican border using a ladder! pic.twitter.com/b7VNoZs753
— Tony (@Mrtdogg) March 28, 2021
The ladders appear to be made with two poles of 3/8-inch rebar and four thinner poles, outfitted with steps and bent over at the end in a U, to hook on the top of the wall. It’s the sort of cubed rebar support structure used in construction in Mexico, called castillo.
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