18.04.12 Border Wall Begins

April 12, 2018
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FIRST LOOK: Trump’s Wall

FLIP FOR MORE

Construction Begins at the U.S.-Mexico Border

  • Project will replace 20 miles of vehicle barriers in Santa Teresa, New Mexico (near El Paso).
  • “Bollard” style fencing (thick steel posts) used elsewhere on border.
  • 18 foot tall in some areas.
  • 400 days to build.
  • $73.3M price tag, which will come from 2017 Dept of Homeland Security funding.

Securing the Border

Goal is to stop the 25K people,A 34K lbs of marijuana & 140 lbs of cocaine that came thru El Paso sector (a 260-mile stretch) last year.



‘It’s going to be harder to get over, harder to get through, harder to get underneath. It’s going to have a five-foot, anti-scaling plate at the top.’



Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Hull

IS IT A FENCE OR A WALL?

Controversy over if this in fact the “big, beautiful” border wall Pres. Trump promised — or not.



Currently, 1/3 of the border has a barrier that up until Monday was called a “fence” by Border Patrol.



This new 20-mile stretch is being called a “wall” by Border PatrolA despite it being the exact same structure used previously.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced 80+ National Guard soldiers will report to the area this week to support Border Patrol agents – the first of a force of 250 members deployed by Prez w/ the Governor’s approval.

by Jenna Lee,

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