US-Mexico border wall prototype construction starts

The US government has announced the start of construction on eight prototype barriers for the border with Mexico, a campaign promise of President Donald Trump.

The Customs and Border Protection says four of the prototypes will be made from concrete, while the others are from “alternate or other materials”.

Its plan is to try out several sections of wall near San Diego.

Mr Trump had promised to build a “big beautiful wall” between the countries.

With a heavy federal and local law enforcement presence, workers have broken ground in an area surrounded by chain link fencing at Otay Mesa, one of three ports of entry in the San Diego-Tijuana metropolitan region.

The prototypes will be up to 30ft (9m) high and 30ft long and are expected to be completed within 30 days.

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  • BillyHW

    Make it an acid waterfall.

    • How’d that balloon guy get thru?

      • Exile1981

        Gun turrets are a must.

      • tom_billesley

        They’re filled with helium and he jumped?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Minefield

  • ismiselemeas

    Use drug money to build the wall. That way Mexicans pay for it, there’s enough money to pay for it, governments don’t pay for it and liberals can’t bitch about it.

  • simus1

    Defence in depth is better.
    Another wall on the north and east side of SD would be a prudent addition.

  • tom_billesley

    The Health & Safety and Anti-Discrimination lobby will require a wall no higher than 0.8m, with a padded top rail, and wheelchair/babybuggy gaps every 10 metres.