Tests Show That New Walls ‘Should Stop Border Crossers’

Immigration officials are issuing glowing reports about prototypes of President Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Independent reported that special units of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency in Florida tested eight prototypes for three weeks. A source told The Associated Press that commandos and agents failed “to breach and scale the eight models in San Diego, using jackhammers, saws, torches and other tools and climbing devices.”

Inspectors concluded that the walls “should stop border crossers.”

An unidentified “insider” revealed that a CBP report regarding the tests listed the pros and cons of each prototype. While officials have not ranked the designs or decided which one is best, they apparently have decided on see-through steel walls with concrete on top.

The source said one official compared the construction project with a Lego chain with a variety of bricks. That seemed to suggest that the ultimate design will reflect more than one of the prototypes.

CBP spokesman Carlos Diaz confirmed that the wall is in “the testing phase,” but said officials have not reached any conclusions. He agreed that elements of various prototypes will be used for the barrier, which is to be at least 18 feet high.

The government paid contractors between $300,000 and $500,000 for each of the prototypes, which were constructed last fall. Four of the barriers were made of concrete, while the others consisted of different materials.

Some of the designs were 30 feet high, which reportedly impressed Ronald Vitiello, the CBP’s acting deputy commissioner. Some observers question whether Congress would be willing to appropriate the money necessary to create a wall that high.

Many of the president’s critics continue to ridicule the project, insisting that there will never be a wall extending along the entire length of the border.

The Trump administration recently requested $1.6 billion from Congress to erect or replace fencing on 74 miles of the border in San Diego and in the Rio Grande valley in Texas. The White House said it will ask for the same amount again next year to build or repair other segments.

The CBP wants $18 billion during the next decade to create barriers on almost half the border. The agency envisions completing a new 316-mile section by September 2027, which would increase the total to 970 miles; and then replacing or replacing 407 miles of secondary fencing.

Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump promised his supporters that he would build the wall and “make Mexico pay for it.” Government officials in that country insist they have no intention of providing any funding.

According to Newsweek, Trump claims the United States will get the money by renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

On Thursday, he tweeted: “The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the U.S. The $20 billion dollar Wall is ‘peanuts’ compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S. NAFTA is a bad joke!”

The president told the Wall Street Journal: “You know, if we make a good deal on NAFTA, I'll say I'm going to take a small percentage of that money and it's going to go toward the wall. Guess what? Mexico is paying.”
Source: Independent
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