Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Injustice

Homeland Security Marks Completion Of Border Wall Prototypes

Border Patrol agents ride past border wall prototypes, Oct. 26, 2017.

Photo by Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

Above: Border Patrol agents ride past border wall prototypes, Oct. 26, 2017.

The prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border have made their official debut.

For the last month, construction crews have been working in a fenced-off area in Otay Mesa on eight prototypes. U.S.

Customs and Border Protection unveiled them in a walking tour for the media Thursday morning.

RELATED: Construction Of Border Wall Prototypes Begins In San Diego

CBP's acting deputy commissioner, Ronald Vitiello said, "the biggest impression I have is how big they are."

The prototypes stand about 30 feet tall, which is three times taller than the existing U.S.-Mexico border fencing, located just a few footsteps south of them.

The prototypes are blue, silver, beige and other colors. Some are solid concrete, others have metal columns spaced together so that Border Patrol can see incoming threats.

Reported by Katie Schoolov

Over the next two to three months, Vitiello said the prototypes will be tested for their anti-climbing and anti-digging capabilities. In a separate, private location nearby, mock-ups of the prototypes will be tested for how difficult they are to breach with cutting torches, saws and other equipment — away from the eyes of smuggling organizations.

Vitiello said he isn’t sure if President Trump will visit the prototypes. He also said there is no guarantee the border wall will ever be built because the administration has yet to secure funding beyond $20 million for the prototypes and their testing. The border wall could cost more than $20 billion.

Homeland Security Marks Completion Of Border Wall Prototypes


Jean Guerrero, Fronteras reporter, KPBS



San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Midday Edition banner

KPBS Midday Edition is a daily radio news magazine keeping San Diego in the know on everything from politics to the arts.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.