Construction is well underway on eight prototypes for President Donald Trump’s long-promised wall along the US-Mexico border.
Several of those prototypes are “taking form or are near completion” after two weeks of construction, the US Customs and Border Protection’s San Diego bureau said on Twitter.
The government selected six companies to construct the prototypes, which the agency said are meant to “inform future design standards” for the wall.
Although Trump’s plans for a border wall have been beset by a number of obstacles — including the Senate’s refusal to green-light a $1.6 billion down payment, wavering estimates on the total cost, and a lawsuit from California — his administration has moved ahead with the prototypes.
Here’s what they look like so far:
Eight prototypes are in various stages of completion, and have gone up near the Otay Mesa port of entry in San Diego, California.
Four of the prototypes are concrete walls.
The other half are made of “other materials”, which have not been specified.
At least one of the prototypes appears to have the “see-through” component Trump has mentioned in several rallies and interviews. The president has explained that the transparency will allow people on the US side to avoid getting hit by “large sacks of drugs” catapulted over the wall.
Source: Business Insider