A Mexican congressman has a message for U.S. President Donald Trump: The wall you want to build along your country’s border with Mexico is “totally absurd.”
Braulio Guerra, a representative from the state of Querétaro, on Wednesday climbed a 30-foot fence along a Tijuana beach. Once at the top, he filmed a video to ridicule Trump’s pet project.
“I was able to scale it, climb it, and sit myself right here,” Guerra says in Spanish in the video, noting that “one of the highest parts” of the wall is in Tijuana.
“It would be simple for me to jump into the United States, which shows that it is totally unnecessary and absurd to build a wall,” he added. “It’s easy, and it shows how unnecessary this project, this political rhetoric from Donald Trump, is.”
Guerra posted the video on Twitter, along with a comment that read, in part, “Human rights, principles and dignity are non-negotiable.”
Some people have responded to Guerra’s video with humor ― by wondering if the politician could have climbed the wall himself and by editing photos to make it look like he is sitting in a variety of places.
Building a huge wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was a key issue of Trump’s presidential campaign, but experts say the concept is fraught with problems.
Some estimate the project would cost between $12 billion and $15 billion, while others say it could be much higher. Maintaining the 1,000-mile barrier would require hundreds of millions additional dollars each year.
The wall would also make it more challenging to keep a positive relationship with Mexico, America’s third-largest trading partner, as Mexicans see the wall as a sign of disrespect.