Eight Trump border wall prototypes were demolished between San Diego and
CBP said the prototypes “had served their purpose” and would be removed to make way for the $131 million project to replace the old fencing with bollard fencing.
“Constructing a single design of secondary wall is more practical and effective than attempting to connect the eight prototypes to each other and the new wall due to different wall designs and foundations,” Customs and Border Protection said. “Removing the prototypes would be less expensive than integrating the prototypes into the new Secondary Border Wall. The long-term maintenance for multiple unique walls is a greater cost to taxpayers.”
Trump had instructed CBP to build border wall prototypes to get ideas and designs for a new wall along the U.S. and Mexico border.
The Department and Homeland security has used $20 million to pay for experiment prototypes and mock-ups costing $300,000 to $500,000 each.