A Mexican congressman from the state of Queretaro climbed on top of the border fence separating the U.S. from Mexico to prove a point to President Donald Trump: Not only are border walls "absurd," but they are "easy to climb" as well.
"It's completely unnecessary -- and it's absurd -- to build a wall that costs $15 billion," Braulio Guerra said in a self-recorded video, according to CNN. "Look, in these 8 meters, more or less 8, 10 meters, how simple it is to climb."
"It was easy to get up the wall, but there are many dangers for our people," Guerra wrote on Twitter. "Human rights, principles and dignity are not negotiable."
He elaborated upon that sentiment in the video he shot at the wall, saying:
"John F. Kennedy in his time spoke of an Alliance for Progress, in which the United States turned around to see Mexico and Latin America and cooperate with its development, with its economy, with its employment, to level the standards of quality of life, to be good neighbors and help each other... This is to be able to improve the relationship and stop the migrant flow, and return to friendly relations that produce jobs, that translate into good economic terms and development for both countries."
The 18-foot-high border fence that Guerra chose to sit on is located between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, a tiny portion of the 2,000-mile-long border that the U.S. and Mexico share.
The full border runs from San Diego all the way to Brownsville, Texas. Roughly 650 miles of the border already has fencing installed, at a cost of $7 billion, according to The Independent.
Building a border wall such as the one promised by Trump during his campaign would cost anywhere from $15 billion to $21 billion. Its construction would imperil over 111 animal species on the endangered list and take away enormous chunks of land from ranch owners living on the border.
Moreover, while Trump promised his electorate that he'd get Mexico to pay for the wall, the Mexican government has flat out refused to even entertain the possibility.
Next, check out why Trump’s border wall will cause major environmental damage, before finding out why Trump had to ask Congress, not Mexico, to pay for his border wall.