It looks like the federal government is finally making some progress on President Trump’s agenda to secure the border, as the Department of Homeland Security is looking to begin building a few prototypes this summer.Immigration and border security were two of the president’s biggest platform promises that helped him win over large swaths of American voters to cinch the presidency back in November.
The Hill is reporting, Agency officials said at a news briefing that the department is ready to begin testing designs on land that is already owned by the government. Four to eight designs will be built and tested, but officials didn’t say when the process would actually begin.
“We own that land, have access to it and it’s a good place to start testing in a real-world environment,” acting deputy commissioner Ronald D. Vitiello told reporters at the briefing.
Funding for Trump’s border wall was not included in the budget submitted by the White House for fiscal year 2018, but DHS has allocated $20 million from other programs to pay for the prototypes.U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say they have received hundreds of different designs for the wall, but haven’t decided which one will be used for the final build.
Vendors who’ve been submitting the designs were instructed to make it “aesthetically pleasing,” at least 18 feet tall, and be a structure that cannot be climbed over or tunneled underneath.
This is a great step toward ensuring our nation’s security and the integrity of our immigration system are preserved, a measure that honestly should’ve been taken years ago.In short, this is a win for the American people.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]