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October 27th, 2017
The government announced that construction has finished on eight prototypes of the Mexican-American border wall.
The prototypes move onto a critical round of tests, where the walls will be tested to determine how well they withstand attempts to tunnel under, break through, or climb over the barriers.
Washington Times reports, “Border walls have proven to be an extremely effective part of our multi-pronged security strategy to prevent the illegal migration of people and drugs over the years,” said Ron Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, the agency that is overseeing the wall project.
He described the wall as one part of a defended border zone, saying that along with increased surveillance, more roads, and other additions, border agents will be able to much more easily apprehend encroaching illegal aliens.
President Trump has pushed for the wall, refusing to let it become a non-issue, saying the physical barrier itself is the key to ending border problems such as an invasion of illegal aliens and Mexican cartel drug trafficking.
Wanting to move quickly on the issue, President Trump’s administration asked for new wall designs and selected eight final versions — four concrete and four non-concrete.
Thirty-foot test sections were built along the border in San Diego, where they will be subjected to testing.
Photos of the prototypes show structures stretching some 30 feet into the air.
Some of the designs have bollard-style fencing at the bottom, topped by solid wall. Others are solid all the way up.
The leading design used by the Border Patrol currently is 18-foot-high bollard-style fencing. The ability to see through to the other side is considered critical to agents being aware of threats and avoiding ambushes.
Now all that remains is the testing, Congressional funding and installation.
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