Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

New high speed railway threatens Kenyan wildlife

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Senegalese court convicts 13 people in country's first mass terrorism trial

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Macron's bodyguard scandal grows

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump invites Putin to Washington, France celebrates the World Cup, Macron's first scandal, Nicaragua's crackdown

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

A closer look at France's World Cup victory

Read more

ENCORE!

I want your sax: France's love affair with jazz

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: Maracaibo, the story of Venezuela's collapse

Read more

FOCUS

Knife crime on the rise in London

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Nicaraguans 'betrayed' by Ortega, says Bianca Jagger

Read more

USA

Eight prototypes of Trump's Mexican border wall unveiled in California

© Mani Albrecht, US Customs and Border Protection, AFP | Image released by the US Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs shows the Border Wall Prototypes taking shape during the Wall Prototype Construction Project on October 21, 2017.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-10-27

Eight prototypes of US President Donald Trump's proposed border wall were unveiled on Thursday at the border with Mexico.

The concrete and steel structures, erected in a remote area in San Diego, will be tested for 30 to 60 days to determine which design meets the needs to secure the border, US Customs and Border Patrol Protection said in a statement.

"Border security contributes to our overall national security and relies on a combination of border infrastructure, technology, personnel, and partnerships," said the agency's acting deputy commissioner Ron Vitiello.

"Border walls have proven to be an extremely effective part of our multi-pronged security strategy to prevent the illegal migration of people and drugs over the years."

Authorities said that in considering the mockups - built by six companies from across the United States - they will evaluate a number of characteristics including anti-breaching, anti-climbing and anti-digging capabilities.

The models were erected in the wake of Trump's January 25 executive order instructing the Department of Homeland Security to build a wall along the nearly 2,000-mile border with Mexico.

Trump, who argues that the wall will help stop illegal immigration, criminal gangs and drug trafficking, repeated the latter assertion in a speech on Thursday in which he declared the opioid crisis a "public health emergency."

"An astonishing 90 percent of the heroin in America comes from south of the border where we will be building a wall which will greatly help in this problem," said Trump, who has yet to secure funding for his project.

According to some estimates, the wall could cost as much as $20 billion and Congress has so far been reluctant to dedicate funding for the barrier.

Mexico has also balked at Trump's demands that it pay for the wall.

(AFP)

Date created : 2017-10-27

  • USA - MEXICO

    US orders prototypes for Trump's border wall with Mexico

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Trump border wall shines spotlight on French-Swiss cement maker's murky past

    Read more

  • ART

    French artist's giant toddler appears on Mexico-US border wall

    Read more

COMMENT(S)