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Contractors Start Building Border Wall Prototypes

Officials within the Customs and Border Protection public relations department produced their own video as the first heavy equipment hit the ground near Otay Mesa in San Diego. Eight companies were chosen to build eight different border wall prototypes. Four will be made of concrete and four of an unspecified material.

All the prototypes will be between 18 and 30 feet high. The companies have about 30 days to complete their prototypes.

So far, at least two lawsuits have been filed challenging the Homeland Security Department’s authority to skirt environmental laws and build new border barriers.

The first was filed last spring by an environmental group. Last week, California also filed its own lawsuit to stop the new border construction.

Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.