Prototype construction begins on Trump's border wall

Trump wall prototype to be built this week

Trump wall prototype to be built this week

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.

Federal contractors are working on eight versions of a proposed border wall to divide the us and Mexico.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release Thursday that eight, large-scale wall prototypes will be built and noted that the companies have 30 days to complete construction. CBP's acting deputy commissioner, Ronald Vitiello, said the agency is committed to securing the border and "that includes constructing border walls".

In Alabama last week, President Trump said the new wall will be done in six or seven months.

Four of the prototypes are concrete walls and four are nonconcrete designs, all selected from dozens of proposals submitted by contractors earlier this year. Juan Gomez, a young father from Chiapas, Mexico, was arrested by Border Patrol agents.

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The prototypes will be built one beside the other on a plot of ground just yards from the fence dividing Otay Mesa from Tijuana, Mexico.

"If you're in favor of the wall, you're entitled to speak in favor of it but peacefully, and that's what we're asking for. It may be a combination of designs being implemented", he said.

The prototypes, which are being constructed on an isolated swath of land in San Diego, will cost about $500,000 each.

Though the process is moving forward, there are many obstacles to the Trump administration's plans for a wall. The House approved a package including the money, but the Senate has not.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors also took pre-emptive measures Tuesday by voting unanimously to ban anything that could be considered a weapon for certain areas near the construction site.

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