NEW: Ground Broken on 43 Miles of Border Wall in Arizona

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) press release along with reports from local media, ground has been broken on 43 miles of new wall in southwest Arizona.

“The construction contractor has begun controlled blasting, in preparation for new border wall system construction, within the Roosevelt Reservation at Monument Mountain in the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector,” the press release said.

CBP says the blasting will continue for the rest of the month, and that they will have an environmental monitor on scene during the blasting and clearing.

The job site, near the Lukeville, AZ Port of Entry, is in an area that is known for its high volume of illegal border crossers.

“As with all border barrier projects, CBP conducted biological, cultural, and natural resource surveys of all new border wall system projects currently being executed in the Tucson Sector including the area of Monument Mountain within the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument,” the press release said.

According to The Arizona Daily Star, construction is moving quickly.

“Until recently, the new border wall in Organ Pipe existed only on paper or in small sections a few miles from the port of entry at Lukeville, the main Arizona crossing to the beaches at Puerto Peñasco,” the paper said. “The long spans of new wall show the plan announced in May to build 43 miles of border wall here and in the adjacent Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, at a cost of $891 million, is coming to fruition.”

The contractor for the project was not named.

The paper also reported that 14 illegal alien adults and one child were caught crossing illegally in Lukeville on Jan. 14. It said that CBP recognizes the territory south of Lukeville cartel country, dominated by brutal gangs that traffic in drugs and human beings.

According to the report, about 10 miles of the project will replace old barriers with actual wall.

“In the coming months, new wall will replace metal-mesh fence near Lukeville and vehicle barriers, such as head-high bollards, post-and-rail fencing, and Normandy-style barriers, along about 10 miles between Lukeville and the mountain range, but no farther,” the report said.

Normandy-style barriers, like one image below, have long been used along the southern border, but are often insufficient to keep people from simply walking through them:

Meanwhile, in Mission, TX, Fisher Industries is finishing up 3.5 miles of border wall in the highly trafficked Rio Grande Valley on the border with Mexico.

The company, contracted by viral crowdfunding non-profit We Build The Wall, fought and won a federal court battle against a rogue environmental agency in order to proceed with its construction at the site.


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