All of the prototypes built for Donald Trump’s Mexico border wall have been completed and within the next few weeks, will be subjected to test attacks by teams of workers wielding sledgehammers, torches, pickaxes and battery-operated tools.
According to a statement issued by the US Customs and Border Protection, they will now test and evaluate the finished prototypes to “determine which wall design elements meets our needs.” This testing and evaluation period will last 30 to 60 days.
“Border security contributes to our overall national security and relies on a combination of border infrastructure, technology, personnel, and partnerships,” said acting Deputy Commissioner Ron Vitiello.
“Border walls have proven to be an extremely effective part of our multi-pronged security strategy to prevent the illegal migration of people and drugs over the years. Specifically, walls are part of a border enforcement zone, which includes patrol roads, lights and surveillance technology. These border enforcement zones give our men and women of CBP the best possible conditions to maintain a safe and secure border.”
The prototypes will be evaluated on a variety of characteristics such as anti-breaching capabilities; anti-climbing capabilities; anti-digging capabilities; impedance and denial of traffic; and safety for Border Patrol agents.
The testing won’t start for at least a month because some concrete in the wall prototypes still needs to dry.
Each of the prototypes reaches the maximum allowed height of nearly l30 feet high.
One of the requirements is for the walls to be “aesthetically pleasing”—from the US side.
Trump has asked Congress for $US1.6 billion for the first instalment of his wall. It would replace 14 miles in San Diego and build 60 miles in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for the invasion route into America from the south.