Published: Thu, September 28, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Man falls 40ft down hole at Mexico border wall construction site

Man falls 40ft down hole at Mexico border wall construction site

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may pick several designs, or none.

The US Customs and Border Protection agency has started to build eight sections of prototype fencing for Donald Trump's proposed wall on the Mexican border.

Homeland Security said it began construction Tuesday on the prototypes for President Trump's new border wall.

"Our multi-pronged strategy to ensure the safety and security of the American people includes barriers, infrastructure, technology, and people", said Vitiello in a statement. Six companies are on the run for the contract: Alabama's Caddell Construction, Arizona's KWR Construction, Arizona's Fisher Sand & Gravel, Maryland's ELTA North America, Texas' Sterling Construction, and Mississippi's W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company. A contractor is scheduled to inspect each model, which will be up to 30-foot high and 30-foot long.

Though the process is moving forward, there are many obstacles to the Trump administration's plans for a wall.

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The President has since said he will find a way to make Mexico repay the United States for construction of the wall, but hewould require Congress to fund it first. He has also appeared to acknowledge he won't require border wall funding to be part of a possible deal to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. He later added, "We're going to build the wall, it's coming along great".

A spokesman for the Border Patrol, Mark Endicott, said on Monday that construction is expected to begin "in the near future... we now don't have anything to release regarding the start of construction", he said. Congress has not yet authorized any further money to actually build new miles of wall. It is expected that their construction will be completed within a month.

There has not been a date set for the ground breaking but starting today through November 10th parking will be prohibited near the site. Both waivers are in California, including one that covers the site of prototype construction.

"We have no knowledge of other groups conveying any demonstrations, we are certainly not", said Hiram Soto of the civil rights group Alliance San Diego.

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