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On Friday, Border Patrol officials held a ceremony at the border wall near Yuma, Arizona to announce that the Federal government has completed construction on the first 100 miles of new border wall system along the southwest border.

In honor of the occasion, a plaque with President Donald Trump’s name on it was welded to the wall. Inscribed on the plaque is the statement, “Dedicated to all the men and women who work tirelessly to protect our nation.” (See photos in the Twitter post below.)

Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) was among those who attended the ceremony.

In a press release, the Department of Homeland Security said, “The portion of the wall completed in the Yuma Sector is part of a high-tech system that combines a physical barrier with technology and real-time surveillance. In Fiscal Year 2019, Yuma Sector was the third busiest sector in the nation with almost 70,000 apprehensions between ports of entry. Nearly 25% of its 105 miles of land border now has new border wall. This new wall construction is combined with all-weather roads, lighting, enforcement cameras, and other related enforcement technology to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection continue to secure our southern border.”

According to a Twitter post by outgoing Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost, the current status of new wall construction is:

  • 101 miles complete
  • 133 miles under construction
  • 342 miles in pre-construction

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