Donald Trump calls new frontier wall as a world-class security system
SAN DIEGO: President Donald Trump He signed his name on Wednesday in a newly built part of the World Class Security System that will be virtually impenetrable.
Trump visited part of the border wall in the area of Otay Mesa in San Diego. It was a return trip for the President, who traveled there in March 2018 to see border-wall prototypes, which were later destroyed by the authorities to make room for 22.4 kilometers of steel bollards currently under construction.
Before the start of construction, the boundary in Otay Mesa was protected by low fences.
It was like a tin, and people simply overturned it as usual, said Trump, who met with construction workers and senior customs officials, the Army Corps of Engineers, and Homeland Security officials.
Mark Morgan, Acting Commissioner of, said that since work on the new barrier began, 30 to 50 people a day are trying to cross it, rather than 300 to 500.
Traffic in this sector has fallen dramatically, Morgan said.
Morgan defended the project and dismissed those who called it the vanity wall of the president. I'm here to tell you that's wrong, he said, telling reporters that Trump had turned to frontier experts to find out what they needed. They've been listening to the agent, he told Trump.
Trump highlighted features of the wall, which he said were studied by three other countries. He said the wall absorbs heat - you can fry an egg on this wall.
The concrete penetrates deep into the ground to prevent tunneling. And agents can see through it to spot potential threats on the Mexican side of the border, he said.
If the wall is built, it will be virtually impossible to pass illegally, and then we can take control of the border and place it at the entry points, Trump said.
He greatly praised the Mexican government for sending tens of thousands of troops to the northern and southern borders to curb the influx of migrants to the United States.
He said President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was great. We're all excited, Trump said.
They know that they have never done anything to prevent people from entering our country, and now they are doing the opposite. They were really amazing.
The President reveled in the details of the construction and said that border guards and military officials persuaded him to accept more expensive designs. He said he opted for solid concrete, instead, for concrete-filled steel bollards that allow agents to look into Mexico to detect attackers throwing stones or other projectiles.
He agreed to join barriers that are 30 feet high and two-layered in high traffic areas.
It's the Rolls-Royce version, Trump said. When Trump asked Lieutenant-General Todd Semonite of the Army Corps to explain how technology embedded in the wall was alerting agents to illegal activities, he was told: Sir, it might be a merit not to discuss it. Semonite provided new details at a pace that showed how quickly the administration wanted to move.
So far, 106 kilometers (66 miles) have been built, 403 kilometers (251 miles) completed in various stages of construction at 17 locations and contracts covering 262 kilometers (163 miles) over the next 90 days, the General said. Additional land on private property is expected to take more time.
The crews assemble 270 panels with eight bollards each day.
Trump, whose construction goals have shifted, expects to build up to 885 kilometers of wall along the 3,126-kilometer border, which is more needed.
Trump said cost considerations led him to abandon his preference to paint the wall black, absorbing the heat. He said the wall was a good, strong rust color and could later be painted.
Trump rides a series of wins on the wall and on immigration in general. Arrests on the Mexican border plummeted in August far beyond the usual summer high in May.
The arrests are still relatively high, exceeding 50,000 in 10 of the last 11 months, compared to just eight months in the last decade.
Last week, the Supreme Court gave Trump's green light to deny asylum to anyone passing through another country on their way to the refugees, without first seeking protection in the third country.
The company has recently diverted $ 3.6 billion from 127 military construction projects to build 280 kilometers of barriers at the border.
Trump had promised during the 2016 presidential campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall.