The barbed razor wiring installed at the direction of President Trump to reinforce the U.S.-Mexico border is reportedly being stolen and used to protect Tijuana residences amid a crime surge in the city, city officials confirmed Monday.
Officials in Tijuana have reportedly confirmed the arrests of 15 to 20 people involved in the theft of the concertina wire at the border.
Some residents in Tijuana’s Colonia Libertad neighborhood were found to have razor wire identical to that installed on the border fence being repurposed as an extra layer of protection along their property, the officials said.
“I don’t actually live here in this house, so I have no idea how that wire got here,” one unnamed woman told The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Marco Antonio Sotomayor Amezcua, the secretary of public safety in Tijuana, said local officials learned about “the stealing of the concertina [wire] from United States authorities who have asked us for help through the liaison staff” in a statement seen by the local paper.
Director Reynaldo González Mora, who currently heads the city’s border liaison unit, said that the people arrested “were mainly Mexican (citizens), and most were people who have been deported from the United States, and people who have problems with drug addiction and live mostly on the street,” according to The Union-Tribune.
President Trump touted the additional layer of border security in a tweet after the wire was installed along the border back in November.
The Fake News is showing old footage of people climbing over our Ocean Area Fence. This is what it really looks like – no climbers anymore under our Administration! pic.twitter.com/CD4ltRePML
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2018