DILLON, S.C. — Last week, border wall construction officials mistakenly began building around the South of the Border resort in South Carolina, instead of along the intended U.S.-Mexican border.
Since his presidential race began, Donald Trump has vowed to build a wall along the Mexican border in order to eliminate illegal immigration. The Trump administration has since assembled a team of officials to begin the construction process starting in the summer of 2018.
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The assigned team set out in early June, but while driving to Mexico from Washington, they got confused and ended up at the popular tourist destination, South of the Border.
“We started south on 95, and just kept seeing billboards for ‘South of the Border.’ Many had a Mexican hombre on them, so we knew that had to be it,” one construction official, who asked to remain anonymous, explained. “When we got there, we saw some cactuses, an individual wearing a sombrero, and something called ‘The Golf of Mexico.’ It just looked so much like what we assumed Mexico would look like. So we started building.”
The resort is only 350 acres, so construction officials managed to get a sizeable length of wall built within a week. However, once they started blocking tourists from entering or leaving the premises, South of the Border employees and guests took notice.
“I just came to buy fireworks for the 4th of July,” said North Carolina resident, Peter Gross, “Next thing you know, we’re not allowed back into our state.”
Once officials realized their error, they apologized profusely to those affected, including the American taxpayers.
When reached for comment, resort general manager Mac Johnson said, “I know everyone makes mistakes, but we’re worried about losing our customer base. A lot of people swing by looking for a quick bite to eat, a bathroom stop, or a life-sized plastic gorilla wearing a t-shirt. This could really deter travelers for a while.”
Border wall construction officials have promised to repay the South of the Border corporation for damages and to begin deconstructing the wall as soon as possible.
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