President Trump’s border wall has begin construction in New Mexico, and the first report on construction says the project is going well, with over 11 miles already built.
The first phase of construction began near the town of Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Santa Teresa is just west of El Paso, near the edge of the Texas/New Mexico border a prime area for crossing from Mexico, both legal and illegal.
It is hoped that this new wall design will discourage both border crossers and drug traffickers, which have plagued the area for years, thanks to a porous, sub-standard fence that was previously in place.
A drone recently flew over one of the construction areas. Video from the drone can be seen below.
New Mexico is progressing on its 20-mile border wall construction west of Santa Teresa, replacing old posts and rail barriers as part of President Donald Trump’s initiative to halt illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said more than 8,100 panels stretching over 11 miles were built as of Aug. 8, according to the Associated Press Friday.
“It’s going to be harder to get over, harder to get through, harder to get underneath,” Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Hull of the El Paso sector told the Albuquerque Journal on April 9. “It’s going to have a five-foot, anti-scaling plate at the top.”
The barrier will be as tall as 18 feet in some areas, depending on the location. The “wall of steel” was approved in 2017 and construction of the $73.3 million project began April 9, the Journal reported.
The border wall became a hot topic on Twitter, causing ire to those who accused President Trump of making empty promises when it came to border security.
— Students For Trump (@TrumpStudents) August 16, 2018
The border wall still faces some opposition, from environmentalists who say it will have a negative impact.
Environmentalists sued over the construction because they said the wall would block migration patterns of wildlife, the AP reported March 22. Mexican gray wolves, Aplomado falcons and kit foxes are among the wildlife creatures that inhabit the area.
“Waiving these safeguards to rush construction of President Trump’s ill-conceived border wall will no doubt adversely impact the communities and wildlife along the border,” senior attorney at Defenders of Wildlife Jason Rylander said in a statement, according to the AP.
El Paso Border Patrol caught more than 25,000 people crossing the border and captured over 34,000 pounds of marijuana along with 140 pounds of cocaine in fiscal year 2017, according to the Journal.
This just-released drone footage shows the construction of the wall as it progresses, the first step in filling one of the gaping holes in our border security.
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