Contractors Start Building Border Wall Prototypes

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

Contractors have begun building eight prototypes of US President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico.

The prototypes CBP solicited called for a wall about 30 feet tall, one made of concrete and the other incorporating potentially alternate materials with a see-through component. "Our multi-pronged strategy to ensure the safety and security of the American people includes barriers, infrastructure, technology and people", said Ronald Vitiello, the acting deputy commissioner of CBP in a statement.

Construction equipment at the US-Mexico border wall on January 25, 2017 in San Ysidro, California.

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

Each structure will be between 18 and 30 feet tall and demonstrate a proposed design for how best to deter illegal crossings of the global line, according to the federal agency.

Although the prototypes are being built, the Senate has yet to pass a bill for the wall's construction - which would require a $1.6 billion down payment.

According to CBP, each prototype will cost an average of $450,000. The type of material has not been disclosed yet.

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The top designs for a concrete wall came from four companies: Caddell Construction Co (DE), LLC, of Montgomery, Alabama; Fisher Sand & Gravel Co., DBA Fisher Industries, of Tempe, Arizona; Texas Sterling Construction Co., of Houston, Texas; W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Company, of Philadelphia, Mississippi.

In its most recent effort to dispel further confusion, Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote in a statement late last month, "As the Mexican government has always stated, our country will not pay, under any circumstances, for a wall or physical barrier built on US territory along the Mexican border".

Tuesday's announcement is Trump's most tangible step yet toward building the wall, the prominent promise of his presidential campaign.

The President has since said he will find a way to make Mexico repay the USA for construction of the wall, but hewould require Congress to fund it first.

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

The border wall project is underway despite lack of congressional funding. Even if the construction of the wall is approved, the wall would not be completed by the end of Trump's first term, as The Atlantic reported in February.

A green tarpaulin hanging on a chain-link fence blocked most of the views of construction, which is expected to last 30 days.

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