WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s promised wall along the Mexican border will be more like a “border wall system” of walls, fencing, technology, law enforcement, patrol roads – and 130 miles with nothing but “natural barriers,” a border official said Tuesday.
Acting Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello’s comments come as his agency is struggling to meet an aggressive schedule on a wall spanning the 2,000-mile southern border, one of the centerpieces of Trump’s campaign.
But Vitiello said Tuesday that prototypes for different sections of the wall are on schedule to be delivered by September, despite some setbacks. He insisted the agency is “already making great progress,” despite missing a June 12 goal to award contracts for construction of four to six prototypes.
In releasing the latest details on the wall, Vitiello also said that “there are areas where a wall does not make sense” on the border, saying planners have ruled out certain “obvious, common sense places.”
“We know there are places like Big Bend (National Park) – these deep river canyons along the border- where fencing is just not practical, it’s not necessary, the natural barrier already slows people down in that space,” he said.
Experts and lawmakers have long held that the construction of one consistent wall was not conceivable.
Tomas Robles, co-executive director for Living United for Change in Arizona, said the financial and environmental costs of construction will far outweigh any benefit in a…
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