CBP: Contractors begin border wall concrete and 'other materials' prototypes

Ceneta by Bob Price26 Sep 2017 San Diego CA0 26 Sep 2017 26 Sep 2017

Ceneta by Bob Price26 Sep 2017 San Diego CA0 26 Sep 2017 26 Sep 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed eight prototypes are under construction in the area including four made with concrete and four using alternate or other materials.

The construction on the prototypes for the US-Mexico border wall has begun in California.

All the prototypes will be between 18 and 30 feet high.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. Six companies are on the run for the contract: Alabama's Caddell Construction, Arizona's KWR Construction, Arizona's Fisher Sand & Gravel, Maryland's ELTA North America, Texas' Sterling Construction, and Mississippi's W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company.

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"We consider the prototypes political theater for a wall that has no funding, and has really no way to exist", said Soto.

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.

The contractors are erecting eight prototypes in San Diego - four made of concrete and four of other materials.

One of President Donald Trump's main platforms during the 2016 Presidential race was for the creation of a wall spanning the U.S. -Mexico border that he believes would be a deterrent for illegal immigration. "It may be a combination of designs being implemented".

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Mr. Trump during the campaign said he wanted to see a border-long wall, but more recently has said between 700 and 900 miles need a barrier. There is also pending legal action, including a lawsuit filed by the California State Attorney General.

The San Diego City Council passed a resolution last week expressing the city's intent to divest from companies involved in the construction, financing and/or design of the wall. "The border can become efficient and safe with investments in infrastructure and technology instead of wasting billions of taxpayer dollars for a wall, which will accomplish nothing".

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