Donald Trump’s border wall breaks ground in San Diego where a 14-mile section of the existing wall will be replaced. The project will cost a whopping $147 million to complete.
The border wall replacement is being funded by Trump’s spending bill that was signed in March. The bill allocated $1.6 billion to the construction of the border wall.
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the current wall is about 10 feet high and consists of scrap metal. The new barrier, on the other hand, will be up to 30 feet tall and act as a bollard-style wall.
While the current wall was built back in the 90’s, the CBP claims upgrades are inevitable due to the fact that “cross-border threat has increased.”
The new 30-feet-tall anti-climbing wall will prevent those trying to pass the border illegally from getting a proper grip and making it across the barrier.
“The San Diego Sector wall construction is one of Border Patrol’s top priority projects,” the official statement said. Two similar projects are also already underway in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, and Calexico, California.
“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,” San Diego chief patrol agent, Rodney Scott, said.
“Under this President’s leadership, we have a renewed commitment to secure our border,” CBP’s acting deputy commissioner, Ronald Vitiello, added. “The new primary wall project represents an important milestone in our work to secure the international border.”
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