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Border Wall Under Construction in San Diego

Border Wall Under Construction in San Diego

Construction on Trump’s promised border wall began Friday at Border Field State Park in San Diego. 

The wall, which will cost $147 million, will replace an existing border fence made of Vietnam-era scrap metal and steel plates. 

“The construction of this new substantial wall will improve overall border security, the safety and effectiveness of Border Patrol agents, the safety of the public, and will enhance the atmosphere for business and commerce in the area,” says Rodney Scott, Chief of Customs and Border Protection (CPB) for the San Diego area. 

The new wall will be comprised of 30-foot bollards (posts) set close enough so that agents can see through (the ability to see through will help agents avoid objects tossed over the wall) and will be topped with an “anti-climbing” steel plate to prevent crossings. 

The San Diego project is similar to other walls already in place along California’s border with Mexico.

“What I can tell you is that infrastructure works,” says local CPB agent Vincent C. Pirro. “We have seen a correlation between construction of border infrastructure and the reduction of illegal human and drug traffic…we expect the new wall in San Diego to have a similar effect.”

The 60-mile San Diego border is one of the most active in the nation. In 2017, officers caught more than 26,000 illegal immigrants and confiscated thousands of pounds of illegal drugs. The rate of apprehensions has already risen 33% in 2018.

“Although the existing wall was proven effective, the cross border threat has increased and the several decades of old corrugated steel landing mat is in need of replacement with a higher performing design,” said the CBP in a statement. 

The San Diego wall is also an important milestone for Trump, who campaigned on the promise to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. 

“Under this President’s leadership, we have a renewed commitment to secure our border,” says CPB Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello. “The new primary wall-project represents an important milestone in our work to secure the international border” and “reflects CBP’s unwavering commitment to secure our borders and protect our nation.”

Projects similar to the one in San Diego are already in the works in Calexico, CA and Santa Teresa, NM.

Congress in March allocated $1.6 billion for improvements to border security. The wall Trump wants to build is estimated to cost between $18 and $22 billion without maintenance. 

Editor’s note: This is not a huge amount of fence, but its a hugely symbolic event for Trump supporters. 

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  1. patrick

    I think the border fence needs to be 2 rows wide with a access road for border patrol in the middle. Motion censors in the ground to find then digging tunnels would also help.

  2. George Peabody

    Our Christian God INSPIRED Constitution FOR the USA IS ONLY ADEQUATE government for a good and moral people,  When the people are lost from God, freedom is lost, and dictators, devils, socialism, communism, voodoo, ISLAM, etc. will step in to bring the people under their control.
    NOW: ARREST OBAMAS, CLINTONS, SOROS, ET.AL., and strip Citizenship and wealth and DEPORT to Haiti!!
    President Trump should declassify EVERYTHING related to 9/11/2001; and declassify all Clinton’s and Bush’s and Obama’s lies and TREASON up to 2019.
    And, declassify EVERYTHING related to murders of Americans at Ruby Ridge, and WACO by Clinton’s FBI,
    AND, DECLASSIFY everything from WWII and the USS Liberty 1967 Six-Day War Jews attack on Americans’s ship; and the lies to start war in Viet Nam, Iraq, Lebanon, all Middle East Wars, etc, etc,!
    THEN, we can hang Clintons, Bushes, Obamas, Soros, Netenyahoo9/11,; Pull out of U.N. and parasite Israel.
    PARDON for Spc. Michael New who defied crooked Pres. Clinton’s unConstitutional PPD25 putting US Military under U.N. Control
    Pardon all innocent US Military who are persecuted by Obama & Clinton,
    Deport illegal aliens; build the wall!