Homeland Security said Tuesday that at least 130 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border have enough natural barriers that there’s no need to build a wall there — leaving most of the 1,954-mile divide as potential ground for a fence.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency charged with building President Trump’s wall, said it hopes to begin construction by the end of the summer on prototypes that would serve to test different designs.
CBP is aiming to have between four and eight final wall options, acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello told reporters, delivering an update on progress on one of the president’s major campaign promises.
“We are already making great progress,” Mr. Vitiello said.
He said fencing has proved to be successful in controlling illegal immigration and reducing crime in areas where it’s been used in the past, including stemming massive waves of immigration in California in the 1990s and