S. Customs and Border Patrol has released drone video of 60 miles of new border wall constructed since 2017.
The official account of CBP tweeted: ‘’Construction crews continue work on the new border wall system along the SW border near San Luis, AZ. In partnership with @USACEHQ, CBP has constructed over 60 miles of new border wall system along the SW border since 2017 and expects to complete 450 miles by the end of 2020.’’
‘’Numerous wall construction projects are underway across the Southwest border, including projects in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.‘’
The wall near San Luis is in the Yuma Sector is the third-busiest along the southwest border. The work on his hallmark campaign involves replacement fencing along a 46-mile stretch of desert west of Santa Teresa, New Mexico, and on 2 miles of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona.
Trews were installing 30-foot (9-meter) steel fencing to replace older barriers next to a border crossing known as Lukeville Port of Entry in Arizona.
According to Fox8: ‘’The administration has awarded $2.8 billion in contracts for barriers covering 247 miles (390 kilometers), with all but 17 miles (27 kilometers) of that to replace existing barriers instead of expanding coverage.’’
‘’Various forms of barriers already exist along 654 miles (1,046 kilometers) — about a third — of the border.’’
‘’The construction comes as immigrant apprehensions have fallen sharply over the past two months due to the summer heat and a clamp down in Mexico.’’
“Environmentalists have sued over some of the construction contracts for the fencing, saying the government unlawfully waived dozens of laws so it could build on protected lands.’’
A border wall was an important milestone of the president’s election campaign. This year, Congress allocated $1.4 billion, but the president desired much more. In February, he declared a national emergency and faced legal challenges for plans to build dozens of miles of fencing almost immediately.
“It’s astonishing and sad to see Trump’s border wall being built through the most spectacular Sonoran desert ecosystem on the planet,” Laiken Jordahl, borderlands campaigner with the Center for Biological Diversity, said Thursday.
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