Trump administration plans border wall models in summer

Trump administration plans border wall models in summer

Border wall prototypes will be finished by September in San Diego, marking one of the first steps to President Donald Trump's campaign promise of a wall across the southern US border with Mexico.

The administration's update on its plans for the wall comes amid delays in the bidding process and a seeming lack of political will to fund a continuous barrier along the 2,000-mile Mexico border.

Customs and Border Protection, the Border Patrol's parent agency, has not yet selected the vendors to construct the prototypes, but it has gotten hundreds of bids, officials told The Times. Trump spoke about renegotiating NAFTA and building a border wall that would produce solar power during the rally.

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Vitiello says it's impractical to build a wall on about 130 miles of border where there are already natural barriers, like lakes or canyons.

"CBP now faces an aggressive implementation schedule to satisfy its requirements under the President's Executive Order", the report said.

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According to NBC News, Vitiello would not say if solar panels would be included into any of the wall prototypes. Vitiello said the agency still has not awarded any contracts as the end of June approaches, but that CBP plans to choose four to eight firms in coming weeks to begin work on wall prototypes.

"There are areas where a wall does not make sense", he said.

People trying to make their way into the United States illegally in the San Diego area may have their choice of eight kinds of border wall to tackle by September.

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Among the immediate priorities will be replacing 14 miles of fencing in San Diego, 20 miles of vehicle barriers in El Paso, and installing 35 new gates in the Rio Grande Valley.

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