Construction Has Begun On 30-Foot-High Border Wall In San Diego

Construction Has Begun On 30-Foot-High Border Wall In San Diego

According to an announcement by US Customs and Border Protection, construction has begun to replace 14 miles of border barriers in San Diego

The Steel barricades will replace a steel-mesh fence that people have cut through using battery-operated saws.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the first panels are in place to replace a steel-mesh fence with 30-foot-high steel bollards

Fox5 reports:

The bollards replace a second layer of barrier that worked like a fortress when it was built about a decade ago but is now often breached with powerful battery-operated saws sold in home improvement stores.

Work on replacing a first layer of San Diego barrier is nearly complete, also 14 miles long and made of steel bollards up to 30-feet  high. The old fence, built in the early 1990s, was made of corrugated steel matting used by the military as temporary runways. –Fox 5

The cost is more than $100 million.

California tried to sue the Trump administration over various wall projects in the state claiming that the administration overreached its authority when it waived environmental reviews in order to expedite construction.

However, they were unsuccessful. The Department of Homeland Security cited a 1996 law giving the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to waive legal requirements for the installation of “additional fencing, walls, roads, lighting, cameras and sensors on the southwest border.”

SLSCO Ltd. of Galveston, Texas, was awarded a $101 million contract in December, with options for an additional $30 million.

So far Trump has awarded $1 billion in contracts to cover 97 miles, the vast majority of it to replace existing barriers. Work on his first extension is scheduled to begin later this month – 14 miles in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.

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