In light of tensions between the United States and Mexico over the handling of Central American migrants, two California architects recently devised a creative way to children from both countries together — even if a wall separates them.
Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, founders of architecture studio Rael San Fratello, installed the "Teetertotter Wall," a project that consists of three see-saws along the border of Sunland Park in New Mexico.
"One of the most incredible experiences of my and [San Fratello]’s career bringing to life the conceptual drawings of the Teetertotter Wall from 2009 in an event filled with joy, excitement, and togetherness at the borderwall," Rael wrote on Instagram Monday. "The wall became a literal fulcrum for U.S.-Mexico relations and children and adults were connected in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side."
Several clips Rael posted on the social media platform show children and parents on both sides of a wall enthusiastically playing with one another. As of Wednesday, Rael's post has received more than 150,000 likes and thousands of supportive comments from fellow Instagram users.
"Interconnections over divisions," one person wrote.
"We are all humans," another replied. "Some need reminding of this. #renunicatrump."
Last Friday, the Supreme Court handed the Trump administration a huge victoryby deciding, in a 5-4 vote, that the president could use military money — a total of $2.5 billion — to build his border wall. A federal judge had previously ruled that Trump could not appropriate funds for something that Congress did not specifically approve.
"Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall," Trump tweeted following the decision. "The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed. Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!"
Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall. The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed. Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2019
Still, Trump has failed to live up to his promise that Mexico would pay for the wall. Throughout his 2016 presidential campaign, he repeatedly told voters that the U.S.'s southern neighbor would pick up the tab for a wall that wouldn't even coverthe entire U.S.-Mexico border. In response, Mexico's former president, Vicente Fox, went on Twitter to direct several expletives at Trump and his former press secretary, Sean Spicer.
"Sean Spicer, I've said this to [Donald Trump] and now I'll tell you: Mexico is not going to pay for that f*cking wall #F*ckingWall," Fox wrote in 2017.
Since then, the Trump administration has been mired in controversy over its handling of migrant families who have crossed into the U.S.