Officials are shooting for an early April date to break ground on a project replacing 20 miles of the New Mexico border wall — According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello during a press briefing on Friday.
In the approved federal budget, Congress authorized $1.6 billion for border wall building this year. The April construction marks the beginning of the Trump administration making good on its campaign promise to ‘Build The Wall’.
While $1.6 billion is considerably less than the $25 billion Trump requested, the administration is eager to show they’re making progress regardless!
Vitiello reported that the federal money will afford about 100 miles of new and replacement border material, and will include installing 14 miles of border wall in San Diego — where there was previously not one. San Diego is in great need of this protection.
The expected new wall is one of the eight prototypes which stand tall in-between San Diego, and Tijuana, Mexico. Construction of which began in late September.
As Reuters reported in February, A U.S. judge sided with President Trump’s administration and rejected an attempt by the state of California and environmental groups to stop the government from building a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.
This proved to be a MASSIVE help in eliminating liberal roadblocks preventing the wall.
U.S. Wall barriers cover 654 miles of the 1,954-mile southern Mexico border currently (about 33%).
President Trump seeks to raise that to nearly 100% coverage! Do you support him? Comment below!