Newly released drone footage reveals the progress of President Trump’s new border wall in the Yuma, Arizona sector. U.S. Customs and Border Protection let the public get a first hand look at the estimated 60 mile long wall, which is comprised of 18 feet of steel bollard.
This is just mere peanuts compared to the already 645 miles of barriers along the southern border. So far it covers one third of the mileage from length to length.
According to the Daily Mail, the Trump administration,
“has awarded $2.8 billion in contracts for barriers covering 247 miles, with all but 17 miles of that to replace existing barriers instead of expanding coverage… Crews plan on installing 30-foot steel fencing to replace older barriers on two miles in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, next to the official border crossing known as the Lukeville Port of Entry.”
The immense numbers of illegal immigrants crossing the border prompted Yuma mayor, Douglas Nicholls, to sign a proclamation of emergency. Nicholls signed the proclamation back in April and as a plea for help, wrote to state and federal authorities for assistance.
According to The New York Times, Nicholls wrote,
“It is something that we need to do to make sure that our community is maintained and that we have a path forward that respects both. We are looking for a FEMA-type response. This is not a natural disaster, but it is a disaster either way. Their resources could come in and take care of the situation.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that Nicholls stated, “I had to do something to change the discussion and to change the posture, to get more resources or get the situation resolved in one manner or another.
The Journal also noted, “Along with its one shelter, Yuma has just a few small bus stops with a handful of departures each day. As a result, it can’t absorb migrant families as they wait to travel to destinations elsewhere in the country as easily as bigger border cities like El Paso and San Diego.” Nicholls went on to add, “They’re larger communities that can absorb a lot more people into their nonprofit network.”
With projects in progress in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, the goal is to build 450 miles of new border by the end of 2020. Needless to say the border wall is well underway. Prayers from Yuma for help, just may be answered. Will this new addition improve the ever growing immigration emergency? Or will it simply be a band-aid waiting to fall off. There’s only one way to find out and I’m sure we’ll have our answers very soon.
Author: 777 Media Source