Concrete Border Wall Prototype Contractors Announced

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 1, 2017

Trump has said he thinks the 10-meter-tall wall should have windows, or even be fully transparent, so Border Patrol officers in the United States can observe suspicious activities on the other side of the barrier.

The US president is now demanding that US Congress should fund the wall, and has threatened to shut the government if it does not do so.

The agency had initially hoped to begin construction on the prototypes in June, but the process took longer than anticipated. CBP could ultimately use all or none of the wall types along the border, Vitiello said, in addition to existing bollard fence designs that are used on the "immediate border".

Trump promised in his election campaign previous year to build a wall to keep out illegal immigrants.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the four bid winners Thursday.

CBP had solicited proposals in March - one request for a reinforced concrete wall design and another request for alternative designs.

The full press release as well as the press conference from U.S. Customs and Border Protection can be seen below. Shortly after taking office in January, Trump signed an executive order to initiate the border wall project.

More than 200 companies are believed to have submitted designs for the proposed border wall.

It was unclear when contractors building the other wall option would be named. A seamless wall is also unrealistic because of worldwide treaty and flood zone requirements. Among the "high priority" locations would be the border sectors of the Rio Grande Valley in the southern tip of Texas as well as El Paso, Tucson, Arizona, and San Diego, California. Trump has pointed to these repairs as a sign that his wall promise was coming to life.

Prototypes were selected "based on their abilities to meet the requirements in the proposal", he said, and once the prototypes are built, they will be evaluated for their effectiveness in a real-world environment.

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