The Trump government plans to build a mix of new and replacement walls along some 100 miles of the Mexican border "The ultimate goal is to build a wall over 1,000 miles along the border – half as long like the border between the two countries, "said Ronald Vitiello, Acting Deputy Commissioner of US Customs and Border Patrol.
President Trump has repeatedly said he wants to build a wall along the entire 2,000-mile boundary. After Congress rejected its $ 25 billion request, Trump suggested that the money could come from the military budget
Vitiello said 654 miles from the border already have some kind of fencing, although part of it is dilapidated and needs to be modernized.
Eight wall prototypes, which are 13 to 30 feet high, were set up on a dusty property near San Diego, but reservations in the spending bill passed by Congress last month , mean they are not in the initial 100-mile phase.
"We appreciate this down payment for our needs," said Vitiello, while reporters upgrade to plans for a wall in half a dozen pages. However, he added, "It does not fully fund our needs in the most critical places."
Vitiello described the entire proposed "wall system" as new, even though it was planned under a previous administration because the money was previously unavailable.
19659003] He also rejected the conclusions of a report released by the Democratic branch of the Senate Committee on National Security and Government Affairs this month. The 900 border officials interviewed by him were less interested in walls than in additional high-tech equipment such as sensors and cameras or even more horse patrols and SUVs.
"Walls work," said Vitiello. "The data shows it, and agents know it."
Congress approved money goes to projects in California, Texas and New Mexico. In addition to two miles of replacement barrier in Calexico, it will pay for 14 miles of replacement wall near San Diego, with 14 miles of secondary fuel; 20 miles of new wall near Santa Teresa, N.M., with construction expected to begin in early April; and four miles of new fencing in El Paso. In Texas's Rio Grande Valley, it will finance 25 miles of dike wall and eight miles of new frontier wall.