The prototypes for the border wall have been completed, according to the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). Construction of the prototypes began last month and the companies were given 30 days to complete them.
The prototypes for the US – Mexico border wall were built in San Diego and will now go through another process. The prototypes will enter a testing and evaluation period, which the CBP says will last around 30 to 60 days. Ronald Vitiello, the Acting Deputy Commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection, said the border security helps national security and relies on a combination of border infrastructure, technology, personnel and partnerships. He added that border walls have proven to be an effective part of their security strategy to prevent illegal migration of people and drugs over the years.
In August, four companies were chosen for the wall prototypes. It was also announced that other companies would be chosen. Six companies built eight wall prototypes, which will soon be tested.
Some of the contracts are for concrete prototypes while a few others are for other materials. The completed prototypes will now be tested in the next few weeks. The walls will be tested with different tools, including sledgehammers and pickaxes. A US Border Patrol spokesman told AP that the sheer size of them would be a challenge to get up and over. He added that with some of them, they can see through, giving them the ability to see what’s happening on the south side.
US President Donald Trump promised to build a border wall during the presidential campaign. Mr. Trump said that Mexico would pay for the wall. In August, he said again that Mexico would pay for the border wall one way or the other.
The announcement of the companies for the prototypes was the first step of a long process to construct a US – Mexico border wall. More than 200 companies submitted designs but only a few were chosen for the prototypes.
On January 25, Mr. Trump signed an executive order for the construction of the border wall. Earlier this year, reports said that the border wall could cost more than three times the initial estimates. According to that report, the border wall could cost close to $70 billion and $150 million a year to maintain. Mr. Trump cited a $12 billion cost during his presidential campaign.