An Up-Close Look at the US-Mexico Border Wall Prototypes

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Construction of the prototypes for a proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico began Sept. 26, 2017, in Otay Mesa, California.
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An abandoned car along a stretch of the wall that divides Tijuana and San Diego.
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One of the prototypes that could be make up a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico can be seen through a hole in the current wall that divides California and Mexico.
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The new border wall will be between 18 and 30 feet tall. A team with U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be in charge of choosing the new wall.
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Authorities with CBP have said that they will analyze each prototype to ensure that the most effective one is chosen. They say there could be more than one wall chosen.
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This is what two prototypes look like next to the border along Tijuana that currently divides Mexico and California.
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A monument signals the reconstruction of the border between Mexico and the United States.
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One of the prototypes can be seen through a hole in the border that currently divides California and Mexico.
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Six U.S. companies were chosen to build the wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Some of those companies include KWR Construction, Inc., from Arizona; ELTA North America, Inc., from Maryland; and Sterling Construction, from Houston, Texas.
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The companies have to build a solid wall that also allows agents to view the other side of the wall.
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A team with U.S. Customs and Border Protection will evaluate all the prototypes in the final weeks of October.
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A total of eight prototypes are being constructed. Four will be made of concrete and four others will be made of "alternative materials."
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According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, agents have discovered 224 tunnels along the border since 1990.
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