Contractors have started building prototypes for Trump border wall with Mexico

Border fence at sunset

The security wall prototypes that will eventually lead to the final design for the border wall between Mexico and the us began taking form Tuesday. Four of them will be made with concrete and four with "alternate materials".

The eight prototype designs "will be between 18-30 feet high", says CBS News, "and will inform future design standards which will likely continue to evolve to meet the US Border Patrol's requirements".

"Our multi-pronged strategy to ensure the safety and security of the American people includes barriers, infrastructure, technology, and people", said Vitiello in a statement.

A green tarpaulin hanging on a chain-link fence blocked views of the work, in a remote area of San Diego, and is expected to last 30 days.

Democrats have baulked at Mr Trump's request for $1.6bn (£1.2bn) to replace 14 miles (22km) in San Diego and build 60 miles (96km) in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, which is the busiest corridor for illegal crossings.

A CBP spokesman said the prototypes will function primarily for study.

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A man plunged 40ft down a hole at a Mexico border wall construction site. The physical prototypes can be disassembled after construction, or left in place.

"They take drugs, literally, and they throw it - 100lbs of drugs - they throw it over the wall", he said at a rally in Alabama.

A recent USA Today poll of all members of Congress found that 69 of 292 GOP lawmakers said they would back devoting $1.6 billion to start building the wall. Trump said. "Believe it or not, this is the kind of thing that happens".

"You need to have a great wall but it has to be see-through".

Four of the prototypes are concrete walls and four are nonconcrete designs, all selected from dozens of proposals submitted by contractors earlier this year.

The almost 2,000 mile wall proposed by the Trump Administration is estimated to cost almost $22 billion.

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