Construction starts on Mexican border wall prototypes

Geneva Matthews
September 28, 2017

"Moving forward with the prototypes enables us to continue to incorporate all the tools necessary to secure our border", Mr. Vitiello said. A contractor is scheduled to inspect each model, which will be up to 30-foot high and 30-foot long.

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. Four of them will be built of concrete, and the rest from alternative materials. "So you need to have a great wall but it has to be see-through".

Prototypes were selected "based on their abilities to meet the requirements in the proposal", he said in August, and once the prototypes are built, they will be evaluated for their effectiveness in a real-world environment.

"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.

An area has been designated in Otay Mesa, near the U.S. Mexico border where large crowds may gather in a "free speech zone".

The sample walls will be built to scale, and function as usable barriers along the border.

A complaint filed last week by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, largely mirrors two others by environmental advocacy groups that allege the administration overstepped its authority to speed up construction of the wall.

"The border between the US and Mexico spans some 2,000 miles - the list of laws violated by the president's administration in order to build this campaign wall is nearly as long", Becerra told reporters then. As a result, Senate Republicans shifted Trump's ambitions to construct a multibillion-dollar wall and instead considered a plan to improve border security through infrastructure, technology and enforcement.

The money for the process came from $20 million that Congress authorized the Department of Homeland Security to pull from other places in the budget earlier this year.

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