Construction of border-wall prototypes set to begin in California

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"Today marks a significant milestone in the implementation of the President's executive order on border security and immigration improvement", said acting chief border patrol agent Roy Villareal during a press event at the construction site.

In a short notice, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the building began in San Diego on eight prototypes, which had been awarded over the summer.

The prototyping process has received little public attention but represents the most tangible example of the Trump administration pursuing an actual "wall" as he described it on the campaign trail.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban items that could be used as weapons, such as baseball bats, knives, and rocks, in certain areas where border wall prototypes will be built. The companies have about 30 days to complete their prototypes. "Our multi-faceted strategy for maintaining the security of the American people includes obstacles, infrastructure, technology and people", - said the Deputy head of the United States customs Ronald Vitiello. All of the walls will be between 18 to 30 feet high and 30 feet long, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. He later added, "We're going to build the wall, it's coming along great". Construction began on prototype designs for a border wall in a fenced-off area in Otay Mesa yesterday.

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The concrete designs will have openings to allow agents to see across the border. Construction is taking place in San Diego, the agency said.

For many, the construction of these prototypes is nothing more than political banter. The following companies were selected to build them: Caddell Construction; KWR Construction Inc. of Sierra Vista, Arizona; ELTA North America Inc. of Annapolis Junction, Maryland; and W.G. Yates & Sons.

His 2017 budget called for money for replacing some outdated parts of the current wall, while his 2018 plan asked for $1.6 billion to erect 32 miles of new fencing in Texas, another 28 miles of new levee wall, also in Texas, and 14 miles of replacement fencing in San Diego.