Trump’s border wall IS being built – with work under way on first prototypes of barrier at special site in San Diego where agents are braced for massive protests

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
By Paul Martin

Customs and Border Protection say the first building work on prototypes of the border wall is now under way in San Diego
Each prototype will be up to 30 feet high and 30 feet long, with four made of concrete and for in ‘other materials’
All prortypes will be complete within 30 days, CBP said Tuesday
California’s Democratic attorney general is suing to stop construction saying it breaches environmental laws
Work is now under way with a ‘free speech zone’ to accommodate protesters being suggested by law enforcement
26 September 2017

The federal government said Tuesday that contractors began building eight prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, hitting a milestone toward a key campaign pledge.

Construction in San Diego began three months behind schedule after those who didn’t win contracts protested.
The building process will last about 30 days, Customs and Border Protection said.

The agency may pick several winners, or none. It said in a news release that the prototypes ‘will inform future design standards which will likely continue to evolve to meet the U.S. Border Patrol’s requirements.’

But the agency is also braced for massive protests and is beginning construction under tight security, the San Deigo Union-Tribune reported.

The details of the design remain unclear. Each prototype will be up to 30 feet high and 30 feet long.

Bidding documents say four of the prototypes are to be solid concrete and four are to be made of ‘other materials.’

Trump said Friday that the wall should be see-through, appearing to cast doubt on the concrete designs.

The construction site is close to the existing high-security fence which marks the border through San Diego and to the east.

Already there are fears of protests as big as those at the Dakota Access Pipeline last year, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Concrete barriers have been placed at access points to the construction site and chain link fences have been built across open land.

One area could be being designated a ‘free speech zone’ for protesters to congregate, the LA Times said.

Announcing the start of construction, Ronald Vitiello, CBP’s acting deputy commissioner said in a statement: ‘We are committed to securing our border and that includes constructing border walls.

‘Our multi-pronged strategy to ensure the safety and security of the American people includes barriers, infrastructure, technology and people.

‘Moving forward with the prototypes enables us to continue to incorporate all the tools necessary to secure our border.’

The administration faces several federal lawsuits in San Diego that seek to block the prototypes and plans to replace existing barriers in California.

A complaint filed last week by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, largely mirrors two others by environmental advocacy groups that allege the administration overstepped its authority to speed up construction of the wall.

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