Border Wall Prototypes Underway Despite Lawsuits, Uncertain Funding

Trump wall prototype to be built this week

The United States Customs and Border Patrol escorted media members along the tightly-secured construction site where companies are assembling border wall prototypes on Wednesday, allowing for a rare, up-close view of the potential future of the U.S. -Mexico border.

Six contractors from across the country have been selected to build the eight prototypes, half of which will be constructed of concrete and the other half of "other materials".

"Our multi-pronged strategy to ensure the safety and security of the American people includes barriers, infrastructure, technology, and people", said Vitiello in a statement.

Police expect protests in San Diego, and officials have set up a free speech area for demonstrators about a mile and a half from the construction site.

About 354 miles of the 1,952-mile border are now protected by some form of wall.

Crews in California are starting to build prototypes for President Trump's border wall.




According to CBP, each prototype will cost an average of $450,000.

For many, the construction of these prototypes is nothing more than political banter.

"They take drugs, literally, and they throw it - 100lbs of drugs - they throw it over the wall", he said at a rally in Alabama.

But the Trump administration's request to Congress for $1.6 billion in wall finances for the following fiscal year, which starts October 1, has not been approved yet.

"Believe it or not, this is the kind of stuff that happens".

The companies chosen to build concrete prototypes are: Fisher Sand & Gravel Co. of Tempe, Ariz.; Caddell Construction Co. of Montgomery, Ala.; Texas Sterling Construction Co. of Houston; and W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. of Philadelphia, Miss. "So you need to have a great wall - but it needs to be see-through".

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