Donald Trump wall prototypes pop up near US border with Mexico

Nine months after President Donald Trump took office, the first tangible signs of progress on one of the central promises of his campaign – border wall – have appeared along the US border with Mexico.

FP Staff October 25, 2017 13:54:26 IST
Nine months after President Donald Trump took office, the first tangible signs of progress on one of the central promises of his campaign – border wall – have appeared along the US border with Mexico. Reuters
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Nine months after President Donald Trump took office, the first tangible signs of progress on one of the central promises of his campaign – border wall – have appeared along the US border with Mexico. Reuters
A couple of miles from the bustling Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego, eight towering chunks of concrete and steel stand as high as 30 feet tall against the sky, possible models for what Trump has promised will one day be a solid wall extending the full length of the southern border, from California to Texas. Reuters
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A couple of miles from the bustling Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego, eight towering chunks of concrete and steel stand as high as 30 feet tall against the sky, possible models for what Trump has promised will one day be a solid wall extending the full length of the southern border, from California to Texas. Reuters
Whether any of the eight different prototypes, constructed over the last month, become part of an actual wall remains highly uncertain. The US Congress has so far shown little interest in appropriating the estimated $21.6 billion it would cost to build the wall. Reuters
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Whether any of the eight different prototypes, constructed over the last month, become part of an actual wall remains highly uncertain. The US Congress has so far shown little interest in appropriating the estimated $21.6 billion it would cost to build the wall. Reuters
Still, border patrol officials welcomed the momentum on Trump’s pledge, which generated a groundswell of voter support that helped elect him to office. Even if Trump’s wall never gets funded, the border patrol might incorporate one or more of the new wall designs as it replaces worn sections of the existing fence. Reuters
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Still, border patrol officials welcomed the momentum on Trump’s pledge, which generated a groundswell of voter support that helped elect him to office. Even if Trump’s wall never gets funded, the border patrol might incorporate one or more of the new wall designs as it replaces worn sections of the existing fence. Reuters
Six contractors from across the country were selected to build the eight prototypes, all of which will be completed this week. The builders paid attention to aesthetics in their bid to win lucrative contracts. One wall segment features deep-blue steel and another has a brick facade, standing in sharp contrast to the area’s existing border fence, a ramshackle structure of corrugated steel left over from the Vietnam War. Reuters
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Six contractors from across the country were selected to build the eight prototypes, all of which will be completed this week. The builders paid attention to aesthetics in their bid to win lucrative contracts. One wall segment features deep-blue steel and another has a brick facade, standing in sharp contrast to the area’s existing border fence, a ramshackle structure of corrugated steel left over from the Vietnam War. Reuters
In late November, a private company, which border patrol officials declined to name, will begin a 30-60 day process of testing the wall prototypes to determine how easy they would be to climb over or dig beneath. Reuters
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In late November, a private company, which border patrol officials declined to name, will begin a 30-60 day process of testing the wall prototypes to determine how easy they would be to climb over or dig beneath. Reuters
Environmentalists have warned that a solid wall would prevent wildlife, including a dwindling population of federally protected ocelots, from crossing. A concrete wall may also prove challenging to build without participation from some of the world’s largest concrete suppliers. Mexico’s Cemex and Switzerland’s LafargeHolcim told Reuters they were not participating in projects associated with the wall. Reuters
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Environmentalists have warned that a solid wall would prevent wildlife, including a dwindling population of federally protected ocelots, from crossing. A concrete wall may also prove challenging to build without participation from some of the world’s largest concrete suppliers. Mexico’s Cemex and Switzerland’s LafargeHolcim told Reuters they were not participating in projects associated with the wall. Reuters