Border Patrol reveals 60 new miles of Donald Trump's border wall in drone recordings – and expects another 450 miles to be built by the end of 2020
- CBP unveiled the new 18-foot pole wall in done footage on Friday
- The portion of the newly constructed boundary wall is located near San Luis, Arizona
- Agency says it will complete another 450 miles of wall until 2020
US Customs and Border Protection has unveiled a piece of new wall on the southern border and says it has completed at least 60 miles of new border wall.
The new part of the wall near San Luis, Arizona consists of an 18-foot steel pole fence.
CBP says that a new three-tier enforcement zone is more effective at combating illegal entry than the former single 10-foot barrier.
The agency says it plans to build at least 450 miles of new border wall by the end of 2020 and has projects in progress in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
The CBP showed this new section of steel pole wall near San Luis, Arizona
The new wall is in the Yuma sector, the third busiest along the border
The wall at San Luis is in the Yuma sector, the third busiest along the southwest border.
A majority of the tens of thousands of people who have come to the US in the past year are Central American families with children who apply for asylum immediately.
Many travel in large groups and the large number of people have overwhelmed the Border Patrol, resulting in slow response times and dangerously overcrowded detention facilities.
Five children have died since December while in custody.
Some parts of the new wall have three barriers to create a triple enforcement zone
Images show massive illegal crossings in 2005 (left) and the new three-layer enforcement (right)
The administration has awarded $ 2.8 billion in contracts for 247-mile barriers, with all but 17 miles thereof replacing existing barriers instead of increasing coverage.
There are already different forms of barriers along 654 miles from the southern border, or about a third.
On Thursday, construction crews gained ground for a small portion of the $ 664 million border closure project in the Arizona desert, funded through President Donald Trump's national emergency statement.
Crews are planning to install 30-foot steel fencing to replace older two-mile barriers in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, in addition to the official border crossing known as the Lukeville Port of Entry.
A rough uphill section of the international border wall that runs through the Organ Pipe National Monument is shown in Lukeville, Arizona
Construction of border barriers can be seen elsewhere in the US in images issued by CBP
Work teams set up new border barriers elsewhere in the US in an image released by CBP
The project is funded through the Ministry of Defense. The use of the department's money was previously frozen by lower courts, while a lawsuit was continued. But last month the US Supreme Court paved the way for the use of around $ 2.5 billion.
A border wall was an important milestone in the president's election campaign. The congress has allocated 1.4 billion dollars this year, but the president wanted much more. He declared a national emergency in February and faced legal challenges with plans to build dozens of miles of fencing almost immediately.
In Arizona, environmental activists have sued part of the construction contracts and said the government has illegally waived dozens of laws to build on protected land. They say that a wall – and its construction – would be harmful to the environment. The case before the federal court is pending.
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