CBP Unveils 60 More Miles of Trump's Border Wall
U.S. Customs and Border Protection reveals new section of barrier
United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has unveiled a new 60-mile stretch of completed wall along the southern border.
Constructed using an 18-foot steel bollard barrier, the new section of wall is near San Luis, Arizona.
The new triple-layered enforcement zone is far more effective at deterring illegal entry than the former single 10-foot barrier, CBP revealed.
The agency says it's aiming to complete at least 450 miles of the new border wall by the end of 2020 and has projects underway in Texas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
CBP announced the completion of the new section of wall by posting impressive drone footage of the barrier on Twitter.
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According to the Daily Mail, the wall near San Luis is in the Yuma Sector, which is the third-busiest along the southwest border.
A majority of the tens of thousands of people who came to the U.S. over the last year are Central American families with children who immediately claim asylum.
Many travel in large groups and the high volume of people has overwhelmed Border Patrol, resulting in slow response times and dangerously overcrowded detention facilities.
Five children after making illegal border crossings since December.
Construction crews continue work on the new border wall system along the SW border near San Luis, AZ. In partnership with @USACEHQ, CBP has constructed over 60 miles of new border wall system along the SW border since 2017 and expects to complete 450 miles by the end of 2020. pic.twitter.com/ZMVqVteMUN— CBP (@CBP) August 25, 2019
The administration has awarded $2.8 billion in contracts for barriers covering 247 miles, with all but 17 miles of that to replace existing barriers instead of expanding coverage.
There are already various forms of barriers along 654 miles of the southern border or about one-third.
On Thursday, construction crews broke ground on another small portion of the $664 million border fence project in the Arizona desert that is funded through President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration.
Crews plan on installing 30-foot steel fencing to replace older barriers on two miles in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, next to the official border crossing known as the Lukeville Port of Entry.
The project is funded through the Defense Department.
Use of the department's money was previously frozen by lower courts while a lawsuit proceeded.
But the U.S. Supreme Court last month cleared the way for the use of about $2.5 billion.
A border wall was a major milestone of the president's election campaign.
Congress this year allocated $1.4 billion, but the president needed much more.
He declared a national emergency in February and faced legal challenges for plans to build dozens of miles of fencing almost immediately.
In Arizona, environmentalists have sued over some of the construction contracts, saying the government unlawfully waived dozens of laws to be able to build on protected lands.
They say a wall - and construction for it - would be detrimental to wildlife habitat.
The case before the federal court is pending.