Customs and Border Patrol reports that construction has now begun on a new section of Trump’s border wall – a 14-mile stretch of solid, 30-foot barrier between Mexico and San Diego County.
The new wall will replace the Vietnam-era scrap metal that currently serves as a mild deterrent to illegal immigrants attempting to cross over into the United States. CBP says the wall will also be fitted with an anti-climbing plate to make penetration all the more difficult. The work is being performed by Texas-based construction company SLSCO for a price tag of $147 million, according to Scripps Media.
“The construction of this new substantial wall will improve overall border security, the safety and effectiveness of Border Patrol agents, the safety of the public, and will enhance the atmosphere for business and commerce in the area,” said Rodney Scott, Chief Patrol Agent for the San Diego Sector.
CBP Acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello said that projects like the one currently unfolding in San Diego County would not be possible without the determination of President Trump.
“Under this President’s leadership, we have a renewed commitment to secure our border,” Vitiello said. “The new primary wall-project represents an important milestone in our work to secure the international border. Not only does it significantly upgrade our existing infrastructure in San Diego, it also marks the third concurrent wall project in the U.S. and reflects CBP’s unwavering commitment to secure our borders and protect our Nation.”
It’s easy to forget, in among all the congressional fighting about funding the wall, that construction has actually already started in spots. Granted, what we’ve seen thus far is not quite the big, beautiful border wall Trump promised on the campaign trail, but you can bet your bottom dollar it’s more than we would have gotten from any other Republican president, much less Hillary Clinton. Hell, if we’d elected Hillary, they’d be tearing down existing fence infrastructure right about now and negotiating with Mexico to sell off half the southwestern U.S.
Point being, things are getting done. Maybe it isn’t going at the rate we’d once hoped, but let’s be thankful for the fact that we have a president willing to push for a stronger border. That’s something this country has lacked for years and years and years, to the extreme detriment of our safety, our economy, and our culture. Every little bit helps, and President Trump…well, he isn’t finished yet. Not by a long shot.