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Trump Administration Pushes Ahead With San Diego Border Wall Despite Pandemic

A section of the border wall under construction in the Otay Mountain Wilderness on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
Matthew Bowler
A section of the border wall under construction in the Otay Mountain Wilderness on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

Construction crews have begun building the border wall in the Otay Mountain Wilderness.

It’s the first new miles of border fencing in San Diego county in decades.

On Tuesday morning, trucks drove up the side of a mountain to deliver concrete and water to the construction site.

The project is moving ahead after a lower court ruling was overturned, allowing the Trump administration to redirect Department of Defense money to border wall construction.

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Last year, more than 500 acres of land had been transferred from the Department of the Interior to the Army. The new primary fence will run 1.2 miles along the border.

This comes as other border wall projects continue across the southwest border amidst the pandemic. The federal government has said these projects are exempt from statewide stay-at-home orders.

In a statement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said, “The safety of our employees, including that of our contractors, and the people in the communities in which we work is our top priority.”

In addition, it said that its contractors have been sanitizing shared surfaces such as vehicles and equipment.