U.S. Customs and Border Protection has released drone footage of what it said was 60 new miles of President Donald Trump's wall on the southern border that includes an 18-foot steel bollard barrier to further deter illegal aliens from crossing into the U.S.
CPB said Friday that the section was near San Luis, Ariz., in the Yuma Sector — and the 18-foot barrier creates a "triple-layered enforcement zone" that is "more effective at deterring illegal entry than the former single 10-foot barrier," the Daily Mail reports.
However, the 18-foot barrier marks not a "new wall but a replacement for the existing barrier," according to the Daily Mail.
CPB has not said when it would build a completely new barrier in that section, the Daily Mail reports.
The Yuma Sector is the third busiest on the border with Mexico, with Border Patrol agents capturing more than 50,000 illegal aliens since the start of the current fiscal year in October through May.
That compared with more than 26,000 in all of fiscal 2018 and over 12,000 in the previous period.
In three days in May, for instance, Border Patrol agents detained three large groups of illegals — 800 on Monday, May 20; 500 the next day; 160 the following morning — and last Thursday, agents arrested 16 people for human trafficking in less than 24 hours.
According to the Daily Mail, CPB plans to build as many as 450 miles of new border wall by the end of next year, with projects underway in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
The Trump administration has awarded $2.8 billion to contractors for barriers spanning 247 miles, with all but 17 miles replacing existing barriers versus expanding coverage.
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