Work on models for Donald Trump's proposed US-Mexico border wall begins

Jerome Frank
September 29, 2017

The United States began the construction of eight prototypes of the wall on the border with Mexico in San Diego.

Mr Trump said on Friday that the wall should be see-through, apparently at odds with the initial instructions for solid concrete. Four will be made of concrete and four of an unspecified material.

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. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that the companies would have about 30 days to complete construction on their prototypes in San Diego. In fact, the prototypes can be disassembled after construction.

Though the process is moving forward, there are many obstacles to the Trump administration's plans for a wall. And it's a goal he appears eager to make progress on.

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The prototypes will be built one beside the other on a plot of ground just yards from the fence dividing Otay Mesa from Tijuana, Mexico.

Which is not to say the president hasn't called them "walls", anyway, as he did during a rally in Phoenix last month. "They throw it over the wall - they have catapults - and it lands and it hits somebody in the head!"

"Believe it or not, this is the kind of stuff that happens". He later added, "We're going to build the wall, it's coming along great". The Senate has so far declined to foot the bill for a $1.6 billion-dollar down payment.

The issue of who's footing the bill for the wall has proved to be an area of contention between the USA and Mexico, as President Trump has repeatedly called on Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to commit to sharing the costs of his "big, beautiful" wall. "There are agents patrolling, vehicles, roads, technology, and also the wall to help us maintain the area's security".

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