There is a lot of activity in the vicinity of Tijuana where contractors are busy constructing the #prototypes of the US-#Mexico Border Wall. The height of the prototypes are nine meters, and each is of a different design and materials. Once completed, these will be evaluated by experts, after which the final contract will be awarded.

Donald Trump promised to get a permanent wall built when he was on his presidential campaign trail. The purpose of the wall would be to prevent entry of illegal migrants and drug smugglers into the United States. There are walls and fences along the long border but unauthorized persons take advantage of gaps in them to gain entry.

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The proposed wall would be a continuous one extending for the total length of nearly 2000 miles.

Department of Homeland Security has defined rigid specifications, and the contractors have to adhere to these to build the prototypes.

The wall will discourage illegal entry

The Star reports that according to broad specifications, the US-Mexico border wall has to be impenetrable, and difficult to scale. No one should be able to dig below it or penetrate through it. There are doubts in the minds of some people that such a wall would prevent entry of unwanted elements like illegal migrants and drug smugglers.

#President Donald Trump wants to ensure that illegal immigrants and drug smugglers cannot enter America. The prototypes are, therefore, being made from different materials and designs. However, remains to be seen if the walls will make any impact on elaborate and sophisticated tunneling.

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Effectiveness of the wall

Homeland security has selected San Diego as the venue for building the prototypes, and each contractor has been allotted a 20X20 meter patch where the construction has to be done. Already portions of five of the eight prototypes have taken shape using various combinations of concrete blocks and metal rods.

In the initial stages, President Donald Trump assured that Mexico would fund the wall but it seems that Mexico is not likely to do so. The prototypes are being funded by the Department of Homeland Security, and approval of Congress is necessary for the complete funding. Only then, can the US-Mexico border wall become a reality.

There is a fence in the region but it was cut open with various types of tools more than 500 times in the last fiscal year according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).