Bollard Wall At The Border To Break Ground In El Paso, Texas
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Friday that construction will begin on the U.S.-Mexico border wall Saturday in El Paso, Texas.
Authorized by President Donald Trump in an executive order signed in January, the 18-foot steel bollard wall will replace the existing pedestrian fencing, according to CBP. The project is expected to cost about $22 million and construction is estimated to be completed in April 2019.
“This new wall will be far more durable and far more effective in deterring would-be illegal entrants,” said Aaron Hull, Chief Patrol Agent of the El Paso Sector. (RELATED: Border Wall Construction Progresses In New Mexico)
The El Paso Sector experiences a high number of apprehensions — in fiscal year 2017, it experienced more than 25,000 apprehensions, making it the fifth busiest sector. It had the highest number of unaccompanied juvenile apprehensions, according to a CBP report.
El Paso’s congressman, Democratic Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, has long argued against a border wall. Following Trump’s executive order, O’Rourke said the existing chain-link fence “is bad enough” and repeatedly emphasized the need to stop a wall’s construction.
“The surest way to improve safety and security is not to build a wall or spend billions more, but to ensure that we are maximizing the potential from everyone in this state, treating each other with respect and dignity,” O’Rourke’s website states.
Send tips to email@example.com
Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.