So much has been built by the border wall so far
And even if he gets all the money he wants from Congress this year, the wall is far from finished.
The contractors have replaced miles of dilapidated fences with more modern alternatives, but they have not built any barriers. They have not existed anywhere yet.
That could change soon. Construction is scheduled to begin in February with a project that will bring 14 miles of new boundary walls into the Rio Grande Valley.
Meanwhile, Trump and Congress are trapped in a decommissioning phase due to funding for further construction of the Wall. Officials say the $ 5.7 billion the government is asking for would cover more than 200 miles of new and replacement walls.
But this would leave most of the border without a wall.
Here's a look at what's already on the border, what works are planned and what the Trump government wants to build:
Man-made barriers cover only about a third of the border.
The US-Mexico border spans 1
954 miles . Currently, physical barriers cover 654 miles according to US Customs and Border Patrol.
What is known as covers the vehicle fence 280 miles . This is a fencing that is low to the ground. It would stop a car, but people can easily go over it.
What is known as Pedestrian Fences covers some 374 miles . This is bigger and serves to cross people on foot.
Some border fences are helicopter landing mats.
At various points of the border there are several fence devices for pedestrians.
In some areas there are barrier layers called primary, secondary and sometimes tertiary fences. According to CBP, about 60 km of the border currently has secondary pedestrian barriers.
Much of the older fencing is made up of reused helicopter landing mats from the Vietnam War. Newer fences generally consist of 18 to 30 foot high steel bollards.
Trump now says his "big, beautiful wall" could be made of steel. Yes, the president spoke a lot about building a concrete wall on the dirt road. However, officials have been saying for a while that concrete is not the only option. When applying for prototype design proposals in March 2017, the focus was on making the wall "physically imposing."
In recent weeks, the president has expressed greater interest in a barrier made of steel slats. It's not clear what that means exactly. Some have pointed out, it sounds very much like the steel bollard fence that already exists in some places on the border – which experts have long been saying would be the better option.
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Some reports suggest that this was not the case In tests conducted by experts, this is not good, although the results have not been published.
Customs and Border Guard officials asked questions about what exactly the tests revealed. However, they said they were helpful in informing plans for new and new fences that are being installed.
The idea of border barriers did not start with Trump.
It is true that Trump has set the idea of a border wall and center since he first entered the campaign lane, but the idea The construction of barriers along the US-Mexico border continued long before taking office.
The construction of the state-funded border fence began, as we know, with a 14-mile stretch near San Diego. Construction began during George H.W. Bush's presidency and continued the first term of Bill Clinton. The Law on Illegal Immigration Reform and the Law on Immigration Responsibility, signed by Clinton in 1996, allowed the fortification of this fence.
And the Secure Fence Act, passed under President George W. Bush's government, approved the construction of hundreds of miles of additional fences. It is noteworthy that this measure was also passed with the support of Then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
According to CBP, since 2007, around $ 2.3 billion has been spent on fences and related infrastructure along the US-Mexico border.
Contractors are already working on hundreds of kilometers of construction.
A Number Since Trump's inauguration, contracts have been awarded and funded by the Congress for the 2017 and 2018 financial years.
Among them: Nearly $ 300 million for the construction of 40 miles of replacement structures in multiple locations. These consist of both pedestrian walls and vehicle barriers. According to Andrew Meehan, Deputy Commissioner for Public Affairs, 35 of these 40 miles were completed on 21st December.
The funds made available last year totaled $ 1.375 billion In order to build 82 miles of new replacement barriers at several locations on the border, Meehan said. Of this funding, $ 700 million has been invested in construction of new and replacement wall systems, and another $ 300 million "will be ready as soon as the government is reopened." The remainder of the money, Meehan said, "supports CBP project management to include real estate, environmental, legal and program management support and is committed throughout the duration of the projects."
It's almost time to see a wall in a new section of the border.
Yes, that's the plan. Construction is expected to begin in February at 14 new miles in the Rio Grande Valley.
The dam wall system project involves the construction of a reinforced concrete dam wall, an 18 foot steel bollard installed on the concrete wall, and the removal of vegetation along a 150-foot penetration zone. The price tag: $ 312 million.
The government plans to pay $ 5.7 billion for 234 kilometers of construction.
According to officials, the construction from February is only part of the picture. Financing from 2018, it is said, also covers the cost of building 70 more miles of barriers – about 57 miles of which are replacement fences.
And when the Trump government's proposal to provide another $ 5.7 billion for a border wall is approved, officials say they can build 234 miles of new and replacement barriers – of which about 100 miles will cover parts of the border who had no barrier before.
But in the face of a partial government shutdown The Wall is already in the fifth week, whether this work will happen – and exactly what will happen next – anyone can suspect.
Maegan Vazquez of CNN contributed to this report.