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San Diego — Along a dirt road situated between a middle-class neighborhood in eastern Tijuana and warehouses in Otay Mesa, border patrol agents celebrated the completion of a $147-million border wall replacement project Friday.
San Diego Sector Acting Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Kathleen Scudder stood in front of a row of television cameras while a crane filled the lone remaining gap of a 14-mile stretch of border fencing between the Pacific Ocean and Otay Mountain with an 18-foot tall steel barrier.
The article goes on to state the following:
Those steel beams replaced much shorter Vietnam-era metal panels that were originally installed in the mid-1990s to stop people from driving across the border.
The steel panels accomplished that goal, but illegal border crossings have evolved, modernized and adapted. Smugglers could easily climb the steel panels — which were as short as four feet in some places — and push them over in certain places.
The $147-million border wall replacement project fills a 14-mile stretch of the U.S-Mexico border. https://t.co/OrTtbKzUPo
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 10, 2019
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