60 miles of new border wall, consisting of an 18 foot steel barrier, has been revealed by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) near San Luis, Arizona.
The new section of border wall replaces a pre-existing 10 foot steel fence. CBP claims that the added height and the new “triple-layered enforcement zone” will aid them in securing the southern border. San Luis is within the Yuma Sector, one of the busiest for migrants trying to get into the US, making this new protection a much needed step.
Drone footage was released by CBP of the new border wall and can be seen below:
Drone footage of 60 miles of border wall that’s gone up near San Luis, Arizona! pic.twitter.com/1zybBzTA5D
— Jack Hadfield 🇬🇧 (@JackHadders) August 26, 2019
A completely new stretch of border wall began construction this week, near Lukeville, Arizona. Two miles of fencing is to be replaced with 30 foot tall bollards (a steel post six inches wide), spaced four inches apart, with the remainder filled with concrete. A “linear ground detection system” is also to be installed, with lighting on 40 foot high towers. After this is completed, work will begin on another 40 mile stretch of the same design; this is expected to be finished by the end of January 2020.
President Trump told Fox and Friends in June that over 400 miles of wall would be built by the end of 2020, and that it is “going up rapidly”:
The wall is very important. It’s hard to breach it, it’s high, it’s strong, it’s powerful, and it’s going up at a much lower cost than the wall that was planned prior to me getting there…
We’re going to have over 400 miles of wall built, and that’s going to be in the most important areas, and we’re going to have all of it built before you know.
This is despite tremendous obstacles that have been put in front of us by the Democrats, you have no idea. We just won the lawsuit on the wall… brought by Nancy Pelosi.
— GOP (@GOP) June 14, 2019
Earlier this year, the President also tightened up restrictions on asylum seekers, ensuring they had to register in “a safe, third country” before attempting to enter the U.S. Migrants who refused to do so would be ineligible for asylum.
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