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?
Border wall prototypes
Plans for the proposed physical barrier between Mexico and the U.S. have failed to live up to expectations. Prototypes have proved to be easily breached, according to reports in America. Donald Trump proposed the "non-penetrable" wall. But a report has surfaced suggesting that several test teams were able to breach sections of the wall. The heavily redacted report showed how the $20 million Otay Mesa border wall designs will need to undergo significant improvements before any construction plans can be implemented. “The wall is never going to be all end all, but what it is able to do is it able to slow down illegal traffic crossing the border and gives the border patrol not only a safer environment to work in, but it also allows us time to identify and interdict that traffic and deploy appropriate resources to deal with it,” CBP union spokesman Joshua Wilson said. “What I think we'll see is a hybrid of several different designs taking the best features of each.” … [Read more...] about America-Mexico border wall ‘breached 13 times’ in tests
A nonpartisan government watchdog says it can't currently determine whether building President Trump's southern border wall is the most effective use of federal funds, and that the project is at an "increased risk" of costing "more than projected." The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report outlining concerns about the cost and effectiveness of one of the president's signature campaign promises. Mr. Trump originally said Mexico would pay for the wall, but has since threatened a government shutdown if he doesn't get the $25 billion he wants to build the wall and boost border security. So far, the president has received only a small portion of that funding from Congress, which is wary of launching a battle over immigration ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Contractors have already built wall prototypes for U.S Customs and Border Protection, which is under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security, after Mr. Trump issued an executive order … [Read more...] about Government watchdog questions whether border wall is worth the cost
SAN DIEGO - On his first visit to California after taking office, President Donald Trump stood a few yards from Mexican territory with a poster showing before-and-after photographs of the border fence. The older image, from the early 1990s, showed a trampled, denuded hillside with throngs of people crisscrossing a flimsy barrier. In the second image, the same area appears today, green after the rains, where tall steel fencing has made a sharp delineation: crowded Tijuana on one side, and a verdant, orderly American landscape on the other. Rodney Scott, the chief of the Border Patrol's San Diego sector, pointed to the first image and began telling Trump what it was like patrolling in those days, but the president interrupted. "It was an open wound, frankly," Trump said, turning to the television cameras. "It was really, really bad. People just pouring across, drugs, everything else pouring across," he said. "They reestablished law and order in San Diego when they put up a wall. And it's … [Read more...] about Trump touts border wall, but there’s a hole here
Doug Stanglin USATODAY Published 2:02 p.m. UTC Jun 2, 2018 Ousted White House strategist Steve Bannon predicts another government shutdown before the midterm elections over President Trump's insistence that Congress fund his long-promised border wall. "I believe the government will actually shut down in the run-up to the election," Bannon told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in an interview that aired Friday night. "The wall is not just totemic," Bannon said. "The wall is absolutely central to his program." Although Trump has claimed several times that the wall is already being built, Congress has declined to allocate funding for it. So far, only existing fence has been repaired. In addition, several prototypes of a possible wall have been built. In January, CNN reported that the Trump administration had asked for $33 billion to cover the costs of securing the border, with $18 billion going toward the wall, according to Customs and Border Protection documents … [Read more...] about Steve Bannon predicts government shutdown unless Congress funds border wall