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Construction begins on Mexican border wall prototypes

28 September, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Trump wall prototype to be built this week

Roy Villarreal, acting chief of the Border Patrol's San Diego sector, said another contractor will evaluate each model, which will be up to 30 feet (nine meters) high and 30 feet long.

Construction began in Otay Mesa Tuesday on prototypes for a new border wall between the United States and Mexico, marking the start of a proposed project that served as a bitterly divisive centerpiece in President Donald Trump's ascension to the White House.

The prototyping process has received little public attention but represents the most tangible example of the Trump administration pursuing an actual "wall" as he described it on the campaign trail.

Customs and Border Protection may pick several winners, or none.

"With a heavy federal and local law enforcement presence, workers have broken ground in an area surrounded by chain link fencing at Otay Mesa, one of three ports of entry in the San Diego-Tijuana metropolitan region", the BBC says.

Preparations for the prototype construction, which had been carried out for weeks, became more evident when the San Diego County Sheriff last weekend placed no-parking signs across roads and streets in business parks that populate the border area, according to Los Angeles Times.

CBP shared a video clip on Twitter that shows the construction of said prototypes, adding that they are "designed to deter illegal border crossings".

Caddell Construction Co. of Montgomery, Alabama, and W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. of Philadelphia, Mississippi, were awarded contracts to build one wall of concrete and one of other materials.

U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced half of the prototypes will be concrete walls and the other half will be built from "other materials".

Mr Trump recently said the wall should be see-through, in order to prevent people from being hit on the head with sacks of drugs.

A spokesman for the Border Patrol, Mark Endicott, said on Monday that construction is expected to begin "in the near future... we now don't have anything to release regarding the start of construction", he said.

"If you're in favor of the wall, you're entitled to speak in favor of it but peacefully, and that's what we're asking for. It may be a combination of designs being implemented", he said.

Funding to extend the wall beyond its distance of 654 miles (1,046 kilometers) is in doubt.



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