Donald Trump shares new video of San Diego border wall prototypes

Elias Hubbard
October 23, 2017

Now that construction is complete, the walls will be tested see if they meet anti-climbing, anti-scaling, anti-digging and safety criteria.

The prototypes are now being built in "a remote section of the San Diego borderlands", according to an NPR report Thursday. They are 30 feet high, made of concrete and other materials. One has sharp spikes resembling cactus spines running along the top. All stand between 18 and 30 feet in height, and are being built by six firms at a cost of $20 million for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which selected the firms in late September.

"We want a better barrier".

The agency will later evaluate the wall prototypes. KABC-TV reports, the deadline is a week away, and five of the eight structures are already complete along the border near San Diego.

The Trump administration has asked Congress for $1.6 billion for 74 miles of new border wall, and the request is pending as Congress considers broader border security and immigration legislation.

Trump reportedly made a deal with the Democrats to reform DACA, as long as he received border wall funding, according to Vox. Well, at least the models for what the wall could look like are becoming a reality. Doris Meissner, a former immigration commissioner and now a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, said, "The real issue with building a border wall is what the Congress does, not what the contractors do".

San Diego and California's leadership have condemned the wall, too. Contracts range from $400,000 to $500,000, Reuters reported at the time.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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