U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have started construction to replace fencing at the U.S.-Mexico border in downtown Calexico, Calif., with a 30-foot-high, bollard-style wall, according to a press release issued Wednesday.
The current barrier was erected in the 1990s and is comprised of recycled scraps of metal and old landing mats.
CBP spokesman Carlos Diaz told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday the project was funded by fiscal 2017 appropriations, which will also go toward replacement projects in San Diego, Calif., and Santa Teresa, N.M., as well as 35 gates in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.
The replacement project in Calexico was one of Border Patrol’s highest priorities because of high level of illegal immigrant apprehensions and drug smuggling the El Centro Sector has seen in recent years.
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