Congress authorized early last year that the Department of Homeland Security reallocate that money from other budget items. But lawmakers on Capitol Hill have not yet given Trump the funding he needs to lift the barrierDonald Trump promised in the campaign that he would build a “big and pretty” wall on the United States-Mexico border, arguing that it will stop the entry of illegal immigration into the country.
Little more than a year after settling in the White House, a few meters from Mexico, in Otay, one of the suburbs of the Californian city of San Diego, there are eight prototypes which will be chosen which will close in which points the border.
Four of them are made of concrete and the other four are made of other materials. They measure between 5.50 and 9.10 meters in height. Three of them have large grids that allow you to see the other side.
Its construction began on September 26 of last year. Just a month later they were presented to the press. They have been built by six different companies, all of them American, which were chosen by public tender.
In January the test phase ended, focused on checking, for example, if they can be scaled, if they can be excavated below them and if they are resistant to possible demolition attempts.
The evaluation will serve to choose which type of wall is appropriate to use in each of the areas that Trump intends to close. The president is the one with the last word.
To pay for the construction of the eight prototypes, the only 20 million dollars that Trump got assigned to it have been used.
Congress authorized early last year that the Department of Homeland Security reallocate that money from other budget items. But lawmakers on Capitol Hill have not yet given Trump the funding he needs to lift the barrier.
The Republican’s latest move has been to legalize the situation of 1.8 million undocumented youth who came as children to the United States in exchange for, among other things, 25,000 million dollars to allocate mainly to the wall.
San Diego and the Rio Grande are two of the priority areas for raising the barrier. In San Diego, just over 26,000 were arrested last year and in Rio Grande, just over 137,500. Last year, nearly 304,000 undocumented immigrants were arrested after crossing the southwest border, according to official Border Patrol data.
Trump said initially that he wanted to close the entire border with Mexico, which is just over 3,100 kilometers long and in which previous administrations have closed a little over a thousand.
In July of last year, the president indicated that he no longer believed it necessary to close the entire border due to existing natural barriers and spoke of between 1,100 and 1,500 kilometers to tapiar.
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