Construction on a stretching of the U.S.-Mexico border wall kicked off Friday in San Diego, Calif ., U.S. Habits and Border Protection( CBP) officials said.
Roughly 14 miles of the eight-to-1 0-foot-high barrier made out of scrap metal will be replaced with a “bollard-style wall” more than twice as towering, a CBP news release said.
The brand-new wall will also include an anti-climbing dish, according to the agency.
“The San Diego Sector wall construction is one of Border Patrol’s top priority campaigns, ” the statement said.
A solid barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border was among the key campaign predicts just made by Donald Trump when he attempted the presidency in 2016, but several political hazards have slackened international efforts since Trump took office.
The current stretch of the wall dates to the 1990 s and was built with Vietnam War-era “recycled scraps of metal and old disembark matting steel dishes, ” the CBP said. While the barrier worked effectively, the agency said here “cross border threat has increased” and the materials needed replacing.
“Under this President’s leadership, we have a renewed commitment to secure our own borders, ” said Ronald Vitiello, CBP’s acting deputy commissioner. “The new primary wall project represents an important milestone in our work to secure the international border.
“Under this President’s leadership, we have a renewed commitment to secure our border.”
“Not only does it vastly upgrade our infrastructure project in San Diego, the committee is also markers the third simultaneou wall programme in the U.S. and shows CBP’s unwavering commitment to secure our borders and protect our Commonwealth, ” Vitiello continued.
The construction in San Diego follows activities already underway on two miles of wall in Calexico, California and 20 miles of wall in Santa Teresa, N.M ., the CBP said.
“The construction of this new substantial wall will improve overall frontier protection, the safety and efficacy of Border Patrol agents, the security of the public, and will enhance the atmosphere for business and commerce in the area, ” said Rodney Scott, premier patrol agent for the San Diego sector.