Government transfers land for more border wall

Cheryl Sanders
September 20, 2019

Shortly after the visit, the USA leader took to Twitter to share a video montage of his meeting with construction crews, with one scene showing the president signing his name onto a newly constructed section of his border wall.

He said that over 44,000 bollard panels had been set up for the wall, which was then filled with concrete and rebar.

Trump has sought to assure supporters he is making good on his border wall promise, but according to Politifact, his administration has not built new segments of a wall since he took office in January 2017, although it has replaced roughly 60 miles (96 km) of existing barriers.

He added that the steel wall was created to retain heat, making it harder to climb, plus having an anti-climbing system at the top.

As per sources, Trump highlighted features of the wall, which he said have been studied by three other countries. The president also acknowledged to reporters that he wanted the wall to be painted black and have spikes but said it was cheaper to let it remain naturally rust-colored. "You know Mexico has never done anything to impede people from pouring into our country and now they're doing just the opposite". Trump further spoke about the expensive design and said that Border Patrol and military officials persuaded him to adopt that.

He said he dropped a preference for solid concrete, instead opting for concrete-filled steel bollards that allow agents to see through to Mexico to spot assailants throwing rocks or other projectiles.

When Trump asked Army Corps Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite to explain how technology embedded in the wall alerts agents to illegal activity, he was told, "Sir, there could be some merit in not discussing it". I autographed one of the bollards.

Arrests on the Mexican border drastically decreased in August, TIME reports.

On the border wall visit, Trump said Mexico has been "fantastic" on immigration issues, noting that it has deployed tens of thousands of troops to the border to help reduce the flow of migrants. Arrests are still relatively high, topping 50,000 in 10 of the last 11 months, compared with only eight months over the previous decade.

"We're building different sections simultaneously".

Trump said that he still considered the situation on the border a national emergency, but as more wall went up he could withdraw military forces.

As the US-Mexico border wall has been setting the grim political narrative of the Donald Trump administration, in a contrasting depiction, two artists installed fluorescent pink seesaws to play on, across the grey rods of the wall that separates the two countries.

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