(WASHINGTON) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday that it has completed construction on prototypes of the border wall called for by President Donald Trump.
The agency is now expecting to “test and evaluate the finished products…to determine which design elements meets our needs.” That process is expected to take one to two months.
“Border security contributes to our overall national security and relies on a combination of border infrastructure, technology, personnel, and partnerships,” acting Deputy Commissioner Ron Vitiello said. “Border walls have proven to be an extremely effective part of our multi-pronged security strategy to prevent the illegal migration of people and drugs over the years.”
Critics of President Trump’s plan say that a border wall would be expensive, untenable, and would likely do little to prevent illegal immigration over the southern border.
The CBP says it will evaluate the prototypes on their ability to prevent breaching, climbing, digging, overall denial of traffic, and safety for Border Patrol agents.
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