President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico has yet to be built and, on Wednesday, US authorities began demolishing the prototypes constructed for it in California 16 months ago. The eight models of concrete and steel were unveiled in October 2017, at a cost of more than $300,000 each, on the edge of San Diego at the border with Tijuana, Mexico. Trump himself inspected the 30-feet (nine-meter) full-scale models erected side-by-side when he visited California in March last year and pushed his signature campaign promise of a wall along the Mexican border. He says the barrier is needed to keep out illegal immigrants, criminal gangs and drug traffickers. The prototypes were built for testing and evaluation, which has now been completed, a Customs and Border Protection official said. "They have served their purpose and are now being removed" while a new "secondary bollard wall" will go up in the same location, the official said. "Removing the prototypes would be less expensive than … [Read more...] about US demolishes Trump’s border wall prototypes
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Border wall prototypes demolished amid clouds of dust BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A jackhammer turned prototypes of US President Donald Trump’s prized border wall into piles of rubble on Wednesday, a quick ending to an experiment that turned into a spectacle. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/border-wall-prototypes-demolished-amid-clouds-of-dust-37863723.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article37863722.ece/5111f/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_e4ac2159-43af-4ee2-98aa-41d4058449ad_1 Email A jackhammer turned prototypes of US President Donald Trump’s prized border wall into piles of rubble on Wednesday, a quick ending to an experiment that turned into a spectacle. The four concrete and four steel panels, spaced closely together steps from an existing barrier separating San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, instantly became powerful symbols associated with the president and one of his top priorities when they went up 16 months ago. For Mr … [Read more...] about Border wall prototypes demolished amid clouds of dust
Four years ago, Elon Musk, the brash, outspoken Silicon Valley entrepreneur, strolled into South Texas for the groundbreaking of a site for SpaceX, his private rocket company. Joining Mr Musk was representative Filemon Vela, D-Texas, and Rick Perry, who was governor of Texas at the time and is now Donald Trump’s energy secretary. On that windy September day, the trio smiled and dug shovels into a mound of dirt in front of a large sign reading: “Future home of SpaceX’s South Texas launchpad.” Join Indpendent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent Without the ads – for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial The rural tract of land that was supposed to be home … [Read more...] about Elon Musk’s SpaceX stands in the way of Trump’s border wall
Dennis Wagner azcentral.com | USA TODAY NETWORK Published 11:06 PM EDT Mar 27, 2018 ON THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER — There is no wall here. There is no fence, either. There are no agents or drones or surveillance towers. Only a river and a breeze. We wade into the Rio Grande at a place called Boquillas Canyon, mud squishing between toes, midway through a nearly 2,000-mile journey. By car, by foot, and foremost by helicopter, we are here to see every inch of the U.S.-Mexico boundary. Our mission is to film the border, evaluate the existing fences, document this invisible line as it exists in 2017 — before any construction begins on what President Donald Trump has repeatedly called “a big, beautiful wall.” So far, we have followed this river from its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico. The Rio Grande undulates along more than half of the U.S.-Mexico boundary. Border agents have patrolled it for years, sometimes risking their lives to enforce … [Read more...] about A 2,000-mile journey in the shadow of the border wall
Arizona Republic Published 2:02 PM EST Dec 11, 2018 "The wall." It's the border barrier President Donald Trump promised in his campaign. It's the symbol of the ideas that many who oppose Trump have vowed to block. But with a partial government shutdown looming, one thing remains far from settled: Is the border wall really being built? The answer is entirely a matter of interpretation. What's Trump's border wall progress? Border barriers have been built under the Trump administration. So far, those barriers are mostly replacements of other, existing fencing that was already in place — not new stretches of wall on any part of the border that was previously open. And none of the new barriers use the designs that emerged from the construction of prototype "walls" in San Diego. Funding for the barriers so far is limited to older designs, essentially the same fences as were built under previous administrations. And all of these projects amount to a few miles of border … [Read more...] about What’s Trump’s border wall progress?