Construction of Donald Trump's Mexico wall prototypes begins in San Diego

Trump wall prototype to be built this week

"We are committed to securing out borders, and that includes constructing border walls".

CBP shared a video clip on Twitter that shows the construction of said prototypes, adding that they are "designed to deter illegal border crossings".

Each prototype is said to be thirty feet high and thirty feet wide.

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

A CBP spokesman said the prototypes will function primarily for study. The type of material has not been disclosed yet.

Caddell Construction Co. of Montgomery, Alabama, and W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. of Philadelphia, Mississippi, were awarded contracts to build one wall of concrete and one of other materials. According to CBP, they "will inform future design standard (s) which will likely continue to evolve to meet (U.S. Border Patrol) requirements".

The controversial wall was a major part of Trump's presidential campaign, but work has already fallen three months behind schedule.

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A man plunged 40ft down a hole at a Mexico border wall construction site.

Building such a wall was one of Trump's key election promises and, because the billions of dollars it will cost have not yet been allocated by Congress, the mogul - who had assured the public that Mexico would actually pay for the wall - has threatened to engineer a partial government shutdown if Democratic lawmakers refuse to include the funds in the budget bill.

"We need to make sure our law enforcement agencies have the tools they need to protect the people and keep the peace", county Supervisor Dianne Jacob said.

The sample walls will be built to scale, and function as usable barriers along the border.

Besides this, the administration and some congressional Republicans have entertained games of chicken over inserting wall money in must-pass appropriations legislation butting up against funding deadlines. Even if the construction of the wall is approved, the wall would not be completed by the end of Trump's first term, as The Atlantic reported in February.

The building process will last about 30 days, Customs and Border Protection said.

There has not been a date set for the ground breaking but starting today through November 10th parking will be prohibited near the site.

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