DHS to Begin Building Sample Border Walls as a Test


RINOs and Democrats want no wall for America. They squawked at the cost, which could be made up for by taxing Mexican imports or taxing immigrants.

I’m surprised liberals haven’t called for China to tear down its wall as a gesture of goodwill to the teaming millions in Africa who would prefer China to the Dark Continent. It would be a long walk from Zimbabwe to China, but symbolically tearing down the barrier and inviting the African in would be powerful.

That’s basically what the U.S. is doing. As the Pope has said to Trump, build bridges, not walls. While he sits behind the walls of the Vatican.

Excerpt from the New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security will start construction of prototypes for a border wall this summer in the San Diego area, agency officials said on Tuesday, the first step in fulfilling a campaign promise made by President Trump.

Homeland security officials said the prototypes would be added to the existing border walls in San Diego and would allow the agency to evaluate which barriers are most effective in giving Border Patrol agents time to respond to illegal drugs and human smuggling. Officials said they planned to build four to eight prototypes but did not say when construction would begin.

“We own that land, have access to it and it’s a good place to start testing in a real-world environment,” Ronald D. Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner at Customs and Border Protection, said at a news briefing.

John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, has said that there are no plans to build a wall along all 1,900 miles of the border with Mexico, which Mr. Vitiello has also said.

Mr. Vitiello added that the agency had identified about 130 miles that would be unsuitable for a border wall because of bodies of water or other challenging terrain.

After Mr. Trump issued an executive order on a border wall in January, Customs and Border Protection in March issued two requests for proposals, for both a concrete wall and other wall types.

Officials at Customs and Border Protection say they have received hundreds of bids for prototypes, but the agency has not yet chosen vendors.

Despite the requests for proposals, funding for a wall was not included in the spending bill passed by Congress. But homeland security officials used $20 million allocated from other programs at the department to pay for prototypes. The agency has identified the San Diego area and the Rio Grande Valley region in South Texas as priority areas for new border walls.

The president’s plan to build a border wall was part of a contentious budget fight this year. The administration was seeking $3.6 billion for the 2017 and 2018 budgets for just over 100 miles of wall. But members of Congress — Democrats and Republicans — balked at the amount and instead increased funding to expand technology at the border.


6 thoughts on “DHS to Begin Building Sample Border Walls as a Test

  1. Why build sample walls?
    Haven’t they heard of concertina wire, Claymores, razor wire and broken glass?
    When I was in Viet Nam in the Chemical Corps we would build part of the “green line”. Our part was called a “fougasse”. All you need is two 55-gallon drums of napalm, two white phosphorous grenades, two blocks of C-4, some detonating cord, and one electric- and four non-electric blasting caps. And a Claymore clacker.
    An old Army saying equivalent to “tough luck”: … and napalm sticks to kids.

  2. “a good place to start testing in a real-world environment,”
    Did nobody tell him the best walls in the world are already built and operating in Palestine? Come to think of it, there are very few tall walls anywhere in the world on national borders. The Vatican, the DMZ in Korea. Any more?
    That famous Chinese wall did not work to keep out Mongol scum. The cost of the wall was greater than maintaining mobile armies to achieve the same result. The Maginot Line was a failure.

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