Legal Insurrection readers will recall our story in September that construction had begun on prototypes for President Trump’s border wall in the San Diego area.
The prototypes are now complete, and testing has begun!
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began physically testing southwestern border wall prototypes this week, according to a spokesman for the department.
The start of the testing period was Nov. 27, and physical tests began Monday, said Carlos Diaz, CBP’s public affairs branch chief for the southwestern border.
Construction of eight wall prototypes in the San Diego sector were completed on Oct. 26. Six companies were chosen to build eight sample walls — four made of concrete and four of other materials.
Testing will include how easily someone can go over, under, or through the units.
Officials have begun testing how easily someone can climb over the border wall prototypes near the Otay Mesa port of entry, progressing to the next phase of a process that may make President Donald Trump’s “big, beautiful wall” a reality.
…Both anti-climb and anti-dig testing will happen at the prototype site in Otay Mesa, according to CBP officials. Anti-breach testing will happen with smaller versions of the walls at an undisclosed, secure site in San Diego.
“This phase is not structured as pass/fail but rather the results will provide CBP leadership the best attributes among the constructed designs for inclusion in future border wall design specifications,” said an official from Customs and Border Protection.
The testing will not include the use of explosives or vehicles-as-battering-rams, however.
Officials will use items such as jackhammers, saws and hydraulic tools to attempt to breach them.
During the procurement process, the companies were required to build the walls at least 6 feet deep. The depth of the walls was evaluated during the construction process, according to Diaz.
All eight prototypes were required to be 18 to 30 feet high and designed to deter illegal crossings.
The prototypes were built side by side to the current secondary wall in San Diego, which already has a primary and secondary barrier.
Legal Insurrection fans may find this time-lapse video of the prototype construction process interesting.
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Meanwhile, in Los Angles, the City Council has voted to force contractors building the border wall disclose themselves . . . a scarlet letter “T” for their audacity to participate in Trump’s border wall construction?
As an extra gesture of defiance, the city leaders also approved an anti-Trump declaration.
A Los Angeles City Council committee backed a plan Thursday to formally declare L.A. a “city of sanctuary” — a symbolic gesture that comes as city leaders battle President Trump’s administration over immigration policies.
The council’s Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity Committee voted to formally adopt the “sanctuary” label and to require businesses with city contracts to disclose if they are working on Trump’s proposed border wall. The full council must sign off on the proposals.
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