New reinforced panels are being used to strengthen the border wall in the Calexico area of California.
In collaboration with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) started installing panels for roughly 11 miles of new border wall systems in location of dilapidated and outdated models in San Diego Sector in Calexico, California.
The new panels will replace the existing secondary barrier with 30-foot tall steel bollards as well as technology improvements, according to the CBP.
The construction start for this project was announced earlier this month, along with the new border wall project in Tecate, California. Construction for both of these projects, which total approximately 15 miles, is anticipated to continue into 2020.
CBP states the San Diego and El Centro Sectors are areas of high illegal entry and are experiencing large numbers of individuals and narcotics being smuggled into the country illegally. The construction of border infrastructure within these project areas will support DHS’s ability to impede and deny illegal border crossings and the drug and human smuggling activities of transnational criminal organizations.
CBP says the additions were not linked with President Trump’s Executive Order 13767, also known as the Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements. But they continues to implement Executive Order 13767, taking steps to expeditiously plan, design, and construct a physical wall using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve operational control of the southern border.
This news comes as a federal judge on Friday blocked President Trump from tapping $2.5 billion in military funding to build high-priority segments of his prized border wall in California, Arizona and New Mexico.
Speaking Saturday at a press conference marking the end of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Trump called the decision “a disgrace.”
“So we’re immediately appealing it and we think we’ll win the appeal,” he went on to say. “There was no reason that that should have happened. And a lot of wall is being built.”