Construction begins on 8 prototypes of US-Mexico border wall!

President Trump is delivering on another of his campaign promises.

Fox5 San Diego reports that yesterday, Sept. 26, 2017, construction of eight border wall prototypes has begun just east of the Otay Mesa border crossing.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello said:

“We are committed to securing our border and that includes constructing border walls. Our multi-pronged strategy to ensure the safety and security of the American people includes barriers, infrastructure, technology and people. Moving forward with the prototypes enables us to continue to incorporate all the tools necessary to secure our border.”

The purpose of the wall prototypes is to help Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in determining a “design standard” for the actual border walls by tailoring “a specific wall design to the unique demands of individual areas of the border.”

This is how CBP officials describe the wall prototypes:

  • All 8 prototypes will be between 18 and 30 feet high.
  • Four will be made of concrete, while the other four will be constructed of alternate, unspecified “other materials.”
  • 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.
  • Each prototype award is worth roughly $400,000 to $500,000.
  • The prototypes are expected to take about 30 days to complete, after which they will be evaluated for their effectiveness in a real-world environment.

Evaluation:

The evaluation of the wall prototypes will take roughly three months.

Vitiello said CBP is looking for a “more holistic view” on border security, including cameras, sensors and an enforcement zone in the wall plan. Vitiello showed diagrams of plans for border solutions in both urban and rural areas, which included:

  1. A “see-through” design (usually a bollard fence) along the immediate border.
  2. A zone for enforcement.
  3. A secondary barrier with the cameras and sensors. The concrete proposals are largely for that secondary barrier.

Vitiello said “All those things have to be combined in the proper mix to make it work,” and that each location will be evaluated for the different options. CBP could ultimately use all or none of the prototypes or existing bollard fence designs that now are used on the “immediate border.”

The money for constructing the prototypes came from $20 million that Congress had authorized the Department of Homeland Security to pull from other places in the budget earlier this year. Congress has not yet authorized any further money to actually build new miles of wall.

~Eowyn

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13 responses to “Construction begins on 8 prototypes of US-Mexico border wall!

  1. I’ve never seen another leader deliver on his promises so much and so quickly. And these are actually useful promises. Wish we had Trump as our Prime Minister here in Canada instead of Photo-op Trudeau.

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  2. Perhaps they should send someone to take a look at “The Great Wall of China;” then maybe they will get a clue on how to build a border wall.
    Now if they can build it without hiring Mexican labor then it will be a miracle

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  3. I’m all in favor of the Wall. That being said, no wall can keep a bad idea out of the peoples’ heads. No wall has been able to stop the idea of Communism or the Occult, unless that “wall” is a strong education built on the Natural Law.

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  4. It’s pretty fundamental. They can ridicule it all they want. A wall will not “stop” illegals, but it makes it infinitely more possible to control the border.

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  5. Something that MUST go with the wall is much better control of the Border Crossings,because we know they’ll resort to the next most possible method of entry. (Border Crossings and circumventing the Border via Sea.) BTW-we’ll also need the wall guarded on THIS side to keep the Liberals from attempting to destroy it. I’m sure the various Militia groups could be hired to provide required Security.

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  6. Our border agents deserve the best tools available to help make their jobs easier. The wall is one of the tools, unlike when the Obama admin had many agents carry only rubber bullets and bean bags. Must of been so they could implement their Fast and Furious easier.
    Up with the wall. The hiring of agents is already going on.

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  7. Great news. I wonder if any of the companies have investigated what Israel uses as a border wall. From pictures, Israel’s wall looks pretty good. Oh well we will see what we get.

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  9. Another reason for a border wall besides the obvious ones we already are aware of is, if and when Mexico’s government and economy completely fails, we will be facing thousands upon thousands of Mexican citizens rushing our border. We HAVE to have a formidable wall with electronic surveillance, including underground sensors, and an adequate monitoring border force.

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  10. Just ask the people of Berlin how effective walls are. Build it now.

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  11. The mexicans are very upset about the border wall. But, they say they will get over it…………….
    In all seriousness build the wall. And bring our boys home from the shithole middle east and post them on the Southern AND northern borders. Guns Loaded. With real ammunition. Facing South.

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  12. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    I still like the wall in Israel – it is a fortress with guards. One thing for sure – if you manage to get over that wall – you deserve to get in – wonder if you get in – do they shoot you? Understand that is what happens in Russia.

    kommonsentsjane

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