The Department of Homeland Security announced this week that the Trump administration has begun construction of the border wall between the southern United States and Mexico, breaking ground in San Diego on eight different prototypes to be rolled out across the country.
The US Customs and Border Protection Agency introduced the new designs, with four fences relying on concrete and four other prototypes featuring alternative technology, including large transparent barriers.
“We are committed to securing our border, and that includes constructing border walls,” said the acting deputy commissioner at CBP. “Moving forward with the prototypes enables us to continue to incorporate all the tools necessary to secure our border.”
President Trump’s 2017 budget allocated funds to test prototypes of the physical barrier, as well as replace and rebuild outdated sections of pre-existing fences. His 2018 plan calls for $1.6 billion to build new sections of the wall in Texas and California.
The President repeatedly called for a southern border wall throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and beyond. There are roughly 300 miles of pre-existing fences along the nearly 2,000 mile border between the US and Mexico.
Watch the administration break ground above.
h/t Washington Times