Border Wall Prototypes Go Up In San Diego

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The first step in the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall is nearing completion as multiple contractors put the finishing touches on their prototypes in San Diego, California, with crews nearing the end of their 30-day timeframe.

At least four designs for President Donald Trump’s promised border wall have been erected near San Diego, with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) taking to Twitter on Wednesday to share progress pics of the 30-foot-tall prototypes.

The prototypes, which are under construction near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego by companies that successfully pitched their designs to the Department of Homeland Security in March, must adhere to a slew of requirements in order to be eligible to receive a federal contract.

In March, the White House released preliminary guidelines for the Mexican border wall: it must be 30-feet high, look imposing from the Mexican side and aesthetically-pleasing from the American side, and be difficult to climb or tunnel under, among other requirements.

While the Trump administration noted that the prototype does not need to be a “total wall solution,” the process is intended to allow the government the chance to look over multiple options.

The border wall was one of Trump’s major campaign promises, but his perceived slow progress in getting the wall erected has rankled some supporters who believe that illegal immigration is the premier problem facing the country.

Construction began on September 26 and involves six companies creating eight prototypes ranging from 18 feet to 30 feet high, all of which are “designed to deter illegal crossings,” CBP said. Together, the prototypes are expected to cost $3.6 million, with four made of concrete and four of other materials.

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