The press release, dated December 12 and entitled "Walls Work," was mocked widely on Twitter for its rambling nature. Twitter user and author James Fallows called it "equal parts agitprop and incoherence."
— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) December 13, 2018
"DHS is committed to building wall and building wall quickly. We are not replacing short, outdated and ineffective wall with similar wall," the statement begins.
It states that under Trump, a 30-foot-high wall is being constructed on the border.
"FACT: Prior to President Trump taking office, we have never built wall that high," it continues (Emphasis DHS).
— Steve Mullis (@stevemullis) December 13, 2018
The press release goes on to condemn members of the migrant caravan as a "violent mob of 1,000 people" that "stormed our Southern border." The department claims that a group of people tore a hole in a fence "constructed decades ago." It then claims that the group became "assaultive," meaning aggressive or likely to commit assault.
— Adam Taylor (@mradamtaylor) December 13, 2018
"There were no breaches along the newly constructed border wall areas," the release claims.
— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) December 13, 2018
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 11, 2018
DHS continued with statistical evidence, which was described with similarly flawed grammar. "When we have installed wall in Yuma Sector, we have seen border apprehensions decrease by 90 percent," it says.