(KFMB) In Otay Mesa, it’s the first week of construction of a steel wall for the secondary border barrier separating the United States from Mexico.
This part of the project is included in the $131 million federal funding allocated for a new bollard-style, steel secondary barrier, which is designed to replace the previous, insufficient fencing.
"This draw is one of the busiest draws in the San Diego sector Border Patrol for illegal crossings,” said Border Patrol agent Michael Scappechio.
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There is 14 miles of primary fencing directly facing Tijuana and located behind it is the secondary fencing. The first barrier stands 18 feet tall and is almost completed, while the secondary is much taller at 30 feet.