U.S. awards contracts for concrete prototypes of border wall

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This medallion marks the border at San Ysidro, California.

"The prototypes will inform future design standards, which will likely continue to evolve to meet the U.S. Border Patrol's requirements", according to the CBP release.

The prototypes will be created to be 30 feet long and up to 30 feet high and will be in close proximity to each other.

The border "enforcement zone" between rural areas of the US and Mexico would be similar to those in urban areas, according to an artist's sketch released by border officials.

The Press could not reach the representative for further comment, but the continued support of Cramer and his colleagues will be necessary for the wall to go anywhere past the prototype stage.

Officials of Customs and Border Protection announced they've awarded contracts to four companies that will build different prototypes - individual examples of what the wall should look like.

CBP has said it anticipates building four to eight prototypes and said Thursday it expects construction to begin this fall.

A Tempe company has been selected as one of the companies that will produce a concrete prototype of the border wall, but it has a bit of a troubled past. CBP officials will evaluate the prototypes as part of a "wide range of tools and technologies" including cameras, sensors and other surveillance technology, according to Vitiello.

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This process is not a competition for a victor to build the wall along the border, but rather a way for CBP to evaluate what the agency needs and what kinds of innovation industry can offer, said a CBP official.

"After years of working to boost manpower at ports of entry along Arizona's border with Mexico, it's encouraging to see CBP finally tackling its hiring problems head-on", Flake said.

The funds for the prototype project came from "resources we had available for the year", Vitiello said.

Four more contracts for prototypes made from materials other than concrete will be announced next week.

One RFP called for concrete wall design and the other RFP called for Other than Concrete wall design.

On June 27, the US House of Representative passed a spending bill that complies with Trump's demands to start work on the wall.

Trump initially insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall, but its leaders have flatly rejected that idea. "The American people voted for immigration control". John Hoeven, R-N.D., will be an influential voice in funding negotiations of the border wall. An MIT study puts the price tag at $38 billion. "These prototypes are the first step toward a wall that will endanger wildlife as well as increase human suffering, sow division and become a monument to Trump's hate and ignorance".

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