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US450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts

09:50  12 september  2019
09:50  12 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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In Arizona , it starts . It spent just under million for the setup and services for four months, including meals, laundry and security, but officials are evaluating whether to keep it running past next month as the number of arrivals in Yuma and across the southern border have fallen sharply in recent

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YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — On a dirt road past rows of date trees, just feet from a dry section of Colorado River, a small construction crew is putting up a towering border wall that the government hopes will reduce — for good — the flow of immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

Cicadas buzz and heavy equipment rumbles and beeps before it lowers 30-foot-tall (9-meters-tall) sections of fence into the dirt. "Ahí está!" — "There it is!" — a Spanish-speaking member of the crew says as the men straighten the sections into the ground. Nearby, workers pull dates from palm trees, not far from the cotton fields that cars pass on the drive to the border.

450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts

450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — On a dirt road past rows of date trees, just feet from a dry section of Colorado River, a small construction crew is putting up a towering border wall that the government hopes will reduce — for good — the flow of immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Cicadas buzz and heavy equipment rumbles and beeps before it lowers 30-foot-tall (9-meters-tall) sections of fence into the dirt.

Before this year , Congress had approved 124 miles of new and replacement barriers, using designs already in place, according to the Department of Of the approved barriers, 40 miles of replacement barriers have been built or started . Officials expect to break ground on an additional 61 miles in 2019.

He said building 450 to 500 miles (724 and 806 kilometers) of fence by the end of next year would be tough if that figure The Tohono O’odham tribe in Arizona also has expressed opposition to more border fencing on its land, which stretches Then another question arrives, and the race starts again.

South of Yuma, Arizona, the tall brown bollards rising against a cloudless desert sky will replace much shorter barriers that are meant to keep out cars, but not people.

This 5-mile (8-kilometer) section of fencing is where President Donald Trump's most salient campaign promise — to build a wall along the entire southern border — is taking shape.

The president and his administration said this week that they plan on building between 450 and 500 miles (724 and 806 kilometers) of fencing along the nearly 2,000-mile (3,218-kilometer) border by the end of 2020, an ambitious undertaking funded by billions of defense dollars that had been earmarked for things like military base schools, target ranges and maintenance facilities.

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The first border - wall construction project began in February near downtown Calexico, Calif., roughly 120 miles east of San Diego. According to the General Accounting Office, the amount of primary and vehicle fencing increased fairly dramatically during the latter years of the Bush administration and in

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Two other Pentagon-funded construction projects in New Mexico and Arizona are underway, but some are skeptical that so many miles of wall can be built in such a short amount of time. The government is up against last-minute construction hiccups, funding issues and legal challenges from environmentalists and property owners whose land sits on the border.

The Trump administration says the wall — along with more surveillance technology, agents and lighting — is key to keeping out people who cross illegally.

Critics say a wall is useless when most of those apprehended turn themselves in to Border Patrol agents in the hope they can be eventually released while their cases play out in immigration court.

In Yuma, the defense-funded section of tall fencing is replacing shorter barriers that U.S. officials say are less efficient.

It comes amid a steep increase since last year in the number of migrant families who cross the border illegally in the Yuma area, often turning themselves in to Border Patrol agents. Many are fleeing extreme poverty and violence, and some are seeking asylum.

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So far this year, Border Patrol agents in the Yuma sector have apprehended over 51,000 family units. That's compared with just over 14,500 the year before — about a 250% increase.

The Yuma sector is the third busiest along the southern border, with officials building a temporary, 500-person tent facility in the parking lot of the Border Patrol's Yuma headquarters in June.

450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts
450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts
450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts
450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts
450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts
450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts
450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts
450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts
450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts
450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts
450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts
450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts
It spent just under $15 million for the setup and services for four months, including meals, laundry and security, but officials are evaluating whether to keep it running past next month as the number of arrivals in Yuma and across the southern border have fallen sharply in recent months.

The drop is largely due to the Mexican government's efforts to stop migrants from heading north after Trump threatened tariffs earlier this year to force Mexico to act.

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A Customs and Border Protection representative acknowledged Monday an Arizona Republic request for "The Trump Administration put almost zero thought into the construction of this wall other than how it will play in the news cycle." There are currently 654 miles of fencing on the border

Federal officials have issued formal requests for the designs of wall prototypes, to be built in the peak summer heat along the U.S.-Mexico border . Accommodate surface draining, a particularly sensitive issue in the uneven, Arizona desert that can easily flood with heavy rains.

The number of people apprehended along the southern border fell by 61 percent between this year's high point in May and the end of August. In Yuma, it fell by 86 percent, according to government figures. Most people apprehended are either traveling as families or are unaccompanied children.

"Historically this has been a huge crossing point for both vehicles as well as family units and unaccompanied alien children during the crisis that we've seen in the past couple of months," Border Patrol spokesman Jose Garibay said. "They've just been pouring over the border due to the fact that we've only ever had vehicle bollards and barriers that by design only stop vehicles."

Victor Manjarrez Jr., a former Border Patrol chief who's now a professor at the University of Texas, El Paso, was an agent when the government put up the first stretch of barriers along the southern border — in San Diego.

He's seen barriers evolve from easily collapsible landing mats installed by agents and the National Guard to the sophisticated, multibillion-dollar projects now being done by private contractors.

Manjarrez says tall border fencing is crucial in some areas and less helpful in others, like remote stretches of desert where shorter barriers and more technology like ground sensors would suffice.

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Last year , Trump signed an executive order instructing Customs and Border Protection to build a wall along In 2006, President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act, which authorized 700 miles of The difficulty of sealing portions of the border then provides a glimpse of what still lies ahead for

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"One form doesn't fit in all areas, and so the fence itself is not the one solution. It's a combination of many things," Manjarrez said.

The ease of construction varies by place and depends on things like water, Manjarrez said, adding that just because a plot of land is flat "doesn't mean it's not complex."

He said building 450 to 500 miles (724 and 806 kilometers) of fence by the end of next year would be tough if that figure doesn't include sections of the wall that have been built recently.

"As it stands now, contractors are building pretty fast," Manjarrez said. The real question is whether the government needs to build that much fencing, he said.

The Trump administration may face those issues along with lawsuits from landowners who aren't giving up their property so easily and environmentalists who say the barriers stop animals from migrating and can cut off water resources.

The Tohono O'odham tribe in Arizona also has expressed opposition to more border fencing on its land, which stretches for nearly 75 miles (120 kilometers) along the border with Mexico.

Near Yuma, the Cocopah Indian Tribe's reservation is near the latest fencing project, and leaders are concerned it will block the view to its sacred sites, spokesman Jonathan Athens said.

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This story has been corrected to say that the section of fence installed near Yuma, Arizona, is 30 feet, or 9 meters, tall.

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