When President Trump unveiled his plan to build a wall between Mexico and the United States, Americans loved it. Now, plans are finally underway.
According to NBC News, U.S. Customs and Border Protection awarded four contracts to developers to design prototypes for the U.S.-Mexico wall. We finally have a physical image of what President Trump wants to do to accomplish for the American people.
Companies that received contracts from Customs include Fisher Industries of Tempe, Arizona, and Texas Sterling Construction Co., of Houston. Caddell Construction of Montgomery, Alabama, and W.G. Yates & Sons Construction of Philadelphia were also involved.
Each company was instructed to build a concrete prototype that sat 30 feet high and 30 feet long. This allowed testing of the wall segments.
After the prototypes are finished, the testing and review will take 30-60 days. Our government will make a decision at that point, and construction of the wall will commence. The released images show what an “optimal” border wall would look like.
The sample wall has concrete facing the U.S. side. There would also be a 150′ monitoring zone, wherein our government would monitor for illegal immigrants trying to cross the border. The wall would will not be built over natural formations such as rivers or mountains that naturally prevent travel.
These zones let officials know the moment someone walks through an area they should not be. The Mexican side of the wall would be semi-transparent, allowing our officials to see across the border.
Ronald Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, spoke at length about the wall, and the bevy of security features it’s slated to have. He said, “This is the first new initiative that adds to our bigger plans.”
Contracts have been awarded to build the wall. Is the wall a racist idea?
Vitiello continued, “Testing will look at things like the aesthetics of it, how penetrable they are, how resistant they are to tampering and then scaling or anti-climbing.” All of these factors are crucial developing a safe and effective border wall.
Each contract was worth more than $400,000, and was already part of the federal government’s established 2017 budget. Building this wall was one of the president’s biggest goals. He believes that illegal immigration is a huge problem in our country, and he’s totally correct.
Democrats obviously take issue with the wall. They confuse the desire for safety with racism and bigotry, despite the fact that there’s nothing inherently racist about wanting a secure border. It seems like the left are forgetting one very important thing — the wall isn’t just President Trump’s. This is the will of the American people.