The First Phase Of Trump’s Border Wall Project Is Complete

Border Wall Project

Trump may be swinging and missing on Healthcare, immigration reform, and the proposed tax cut, but he’s still in the ball game when it comes to building a wall along the Mexican border. The first phase of the controversial border wall project is ready. But there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the next phase of the project, which includes picking the type of wall material, and the wall design, according to Ron Vitiello, the acting deputy commissioner for Customs and Border Protection. The 30-day construction project of eight, 30-foot high prototypes in San Diego County are ready for inspection, but no one is sure who is going to inspect them and when. Each wall will go through tests to determine the strength, and practicality of each design. Testing each wall could take up to two months.
There is a possibility that is no clear wall winner, and if that is the case, elements from each wall or from a couple of walls will merge, and create a new wall after the test are complete, according to Vitiello. When a winner does surface form the testing, the next step is Trump’s and Congressional approval, and that could take several more months because funding the construction of the wall is still a mystery.
The United States has 654 miles of single-layer fencing along the 1,954-mile Mexican border, and there is another 51 miles of double-and triple-layer fencing in place. The government found six companies for the first phase of wall building, and each company got $300,000 to $500,000 to build the models. Some of the prototypes are solid concrete. Solid concrete walls will prevent border agents from seeing Mexico on the other side.
Other prototypes are concrete with thick metal poles. Some of the metal walls have round tubes on the top, so people can’t use grappling hooks to climb over them. The main requirement, according to Mr. Vitiello, is the walls must be aesthetically correct on the U.S. side, so the solid metal prototypes have a pleasing design on the U.S. side. Each model sits a few feet away from an old steel fence made from steel air stripe landing mats. That fence separates San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico.
Vitiello doesn’t know if Trump is going to pick a winner, or members of Congress will decide which wall design will do the job. But the main issue is getting the money to start the wall project. Funding the wall is the multi-billion-dollar question in Washington, and no one has a concrete answer.