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President Trump’s visits to the border wall in Otay Mesa, California.
In November of last year, a caravan of hundreds of migrants in the U.S.-Mexican border is approached within the vicinity of San Diego, and faced the old landing-Mat border barriers, which was built decades ago. Border agents say that the migrants are being trampled underfoot as they tried to claim the entry into the United States, asylum as part of the migrant waves, the authorities would be overwhelming.
The situation on the ground is now very different.
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As part of President Trump campaign promises to the construction of the wall along the southern border, 14 km from the 18-foot primary steel bollard fencing was constructed in San Diego, with a secondary 30-foot-steel-bollard-a barrier behind the what to complete about 80 percent.
Replace the eight-foot-landing-mats, often supported by a steel mesh behind it. The difference is dramatic.
“It is incredibly different…I am able to see, to see the old landing-Mat right next to the bollards, and I am able to get the old mesh to the new bollards and the difference is amazing,” Douglas Harrison, Chief Patrol Agent of the U.S. Border Patrol in San Diego sector, told Fox News.
He makes it clear that it is the scaled a barrier, easily: “It is an intimidating barrier. I’m an old army guy, I was in the 101st Airborne, and I would not try to cross that.”
The two, the barriers in the San Diego sector (US Border Patrol)
To install the project, the 14 miles of replacement barriers began in may 2018, and is now complete, while the second project — which began in February of this year and includes two miles of secondary wall, which has not previously existed, officials say.
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It is part of a project that is completed over the entire border, seen 71 miles, with an additional 162 currently under construction and a further 276 miles in the “pre-construction phase”. It is part of an ambitious plan to somewhere in the vicinity of 450-500 km by the end of 2020.
Trump attended the San Diego project in September, and spoke in glowing terms — the signing of his name on the barrier.
“So it is a very powerful, very powerful wall — the likes of which, most likely, this extent has not yet been built before,” he said.
“But the numbers are now way down,” he added later. “And when the wall is literally, as the wall goes, the numbers go down.”
How effective it is, both in terms of deterrence of migrants and stop intersections, is difficult to calculate. One thing that is clear is that the construction of the barrier is the same time as a significant fall in apprehensions, although the correlation is not synonymous with causality. In August, there were 3,326 apprehensions in San Diego sector, down from 6,880 in March and 5,884 in may.
The reflection of a border-wide trend has seen that apprehensions at the border, 65 percent of fall as a whole, almost since may, as part of a multi-faceted strategy of the administration has taken, not only barrier-construction, but also agreements, such as the migrants-protection protocols (MPP) through which tens of thousands of migrants back in Mexico while they wait for their immigration hearings.
Harrison said that while the wall makes a significant difference, it is difficult to say categorically how much of the decline is due to the wall alone.
“The fears of some in the area, the reduction is, I believe, due to the barrier, but…at the same time as the construction of the wall, we can use tools such as the MPP to reduce the entries, we have the Mexican government stepped up its enforcement on the Northern and southern borders reduction in the number of people in the area,” he said. “So it is a very difficult question.”
But the barrier not only reduces the fears which enables it to make officers, fears, safer, and closer to the border, rather than within the border communities. Harrison says that, as a result, there has been an increase in construction-instead of barriers is better to go with the construction of warehouses, housing, shopping outlets and restaurants.
“With the old system we had here in San Diego, we have a multi-million dollar developments going up within sight of the border that does not exist in the environment, before the beginning of the barrier there,” he said. “There was too much crime, too many people go through.”
But he pushed you back on the concerns of some of Trump’s Fans have said that the administration has only one barrier install, rather than expand. Government representatives have previously said that the timely process has delayed the purchase of land, the construction, but it is more linear mileage to be built in the coming year.
Harrison says this is not just a replacement. It is a completely new system to boot with not only significantly better barriers, but with better access and technology that helps agents track down illegal immigrants trying to get into the US
“In between”, “we have all-weather roads, which allow our boys to move laterally along the border, and this does not exist, until these last few years, so we are able to move laterally across the border, very efficient,” he said, noting that cameras and sensors have also been added to the barrier.
The project in San Diego, is not yet fully completed. After 14 miles of secondary wall is completed, officials say that they are looking at additional measures, including sealing a gap in the rear between the existing fence and the nearby mountains.
The San Diego projects, which, together with other across the border, likely to be closely watched by the trumpet, the will have to assure his base that the “construction of the wall” will be delivered to chant by his government.
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“It goes quickly and we put it where the Border Patrol the most, it wants to be,” Trump said in a video message last month, which will probably be a preview of his 2020 campaign message on the theme. “We take money from the whole, because, as you know, the Democrats don’t want us to build the wall — they are fighting us at every step.”
Trump fought back another attempt against the barriers on Tuesday, as he handed over a Veto against a resolution, which is actuated by both chambers of Congress, the, at the end of his Declaration of a national state of emergency on the border. Trump of emergency declared earlier this year that allowed him to re-direct the money to the wall, in the middle of a congressional gridlock on the issue.