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This Is Trump’s Wall’: 14-Mile Border Wall Replacement Completed In San Diego

The old border fence made of landing mats with the new border fence behind it...

Photo by Max Rivlin-Nadler

Above: The old border fence made of landing mats with the new border fence behind it in San Ysidro, California. Friday, August 8, 2019.

The Department of Homeland Security finished construction Friday on a 14-mile stretch of border wall replacement stretching from the ocean to Otay Mesa.

Construction crews and engineers from the Army Corps of Engineers lifted into place a final 30-foot-high panel, which will complete a more than $100 million replacement project.

Vietnam-era landing mats have marked the border since the mid-nineteen nineties.

Reported by Max Rivlin-Nadler , Video by Kris Arciaga

Border Patrol agent Vincent Pirro told reporters that this section of the border wall replacement is the wall that Trump built.

“This was during his administration. It was funded and approved and it was built under his administration,” Pirro said. “This is Trump’s wall.”

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Construction crews are still working on a 30-foot-high secondary fence that will complement the replacement wall. The section of secondary fence near Otay Mesa stands where eight steel-and-concrete border wall prototypes were erected a few yards from the border. These prototypes were knocked down in February.

Both the new fence and the secondary fence are slatted, allowing border patrol officers to see clearly into Mexico, which they could not do with the landing mats.

Arrests of people crossing the border illegally dropped by 24% between June and July of this year, but still remain much higher than a year ago.

Listen to this story by Max Rivlin-Nadler.

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