After a long and painful delay, the Department of Homeland Security officially announced on Tuesday that the construction of President Trump’s big and beautiful border wall was underway. The whole operation will be supervised by Customs and Border Protection and in phase one, 8 test models are going to be built in the close vicinity of San Diego, to “inform future design standards” for the complete border wall, as per CBP officials.
Hence, what we’re dealing with here are the prototypes of the future border wall, which consist of 8 barriers, 4 of them made from concrete and 4 built using “alternative” materials. The prototypes are expected to be completed fully within thirty days. According to Customs and Border Protection’s acting deputy commissioner Ronald Vitiello:
“We are committed to securing our border and that includes constructing border walls. Our multi-pronged strategy to ensure the safety and security of the American people includes barriers, infrastructure, technology and people. Moving forward with the prototypes enables us to continue to incorporate all the tools necessary to secure our border.
The border wall prototype construction was initially planned for June, but it was delayed following a protest by a bidder. The funding for the 18-30 ft prototypes is assured by a $20,000,000 budget that was set aside by Congress in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. For the actual border wall to become a reality, the Congress must appropriate funds for the Fiscal Year 2018 budget.
These are the companies selected for constructing the 8 prototypes:
- Caddell Construction Co. (DE), LLC of Montgomery, AL
- Fisher Sand & Gravel Co., DBA Fisher Industries of Tempe, AZ
- Texas Sterling Construction Co. of Houston, TX
- W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company of Philadelphia, MS