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DHS edits bizarre ‘Walls Work’ press release after people roasted it



The Department of Homeland Security apparently edited a press release that recently drew online mockery for its bizarre syntax and dubious claims that the government is building President Donald Trump’s long-promised border wall.

The memo, titled “Walls Work,” was first published Wednesday. It features images of newly constructed steel fencing, claiming the structures constitute Trump’s wall.

Here’s what it looked like on Wednesday:

Screenshot via Department of Homeland Security

Now, the press release inserts the word “a” before some instances of the word “wall,” and restructured much of the first sentence.

Here’s what it looks like on Friday:

Department of Homeland Security; INSIDER

INSIDER monitored the press release and observed the changes sometime between 2:30 and 3 p.m. ET Friday.

Shortly after the press release was issued on Wednesday, critics began pointing out the memo’s outlandish claims and oddly simplistic language, and began weighing in on Twitter with jokes and caveman comparisons.

Read more: People are roasting a bizarre government memo claiming the Trump administration is ‘building wall and building wall quickly’

The editing process may have been a little hasty, however. The updated release contains a typo:

Screenshot via Department of Homeland Security

DHS did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment on the edits.

‘Wall’ vs. ‘fence’

U.S. workers work on a new bollard wall in El Paso, Texas, as seen from the Mexican side of the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico September 26, 2018.
Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Another widely criticized aspect of the release was its inaccuracy in describing how much of the border wall has been built. DHS appears to have left those claims unedited.

Though the difference between the terms “wall” and “fence” may be up for debate, the memo’s claims that the government has begun building or has already built parts of the border wall have also attracted skepticism.

The Trump administration has not begun constructing any structures that resemble the concrete border wall Trump had described throughout his presidential campaign.

Instead, the government has been carrying out a number of construction projects to replace or strengthen existing fencing along the US-Mexico border using steel bollards — hollow steel rods spaced slightly apart.

Walt Hickey contributed reporting.

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