The site for the start of Donald Trump's border wall has been announced
The US Customs and Border Protection agency said prototypes of the proposed 30-foot high wall will be erected in the Otay Mesa area of southern San Diego.
The area is currently home to one busy border crossings and sits directly next to the Mexican city of Tijuana.
Trump made the border wall a key pledge during his election campaign
Up to 450 companies submitted designs for the wall, which was the US president’s flagship policy during the election campaign.
But just 20 companies will erect prototypes of the wall on a quarter-mile strip of federal land just 120 feet from the border, according to insiders.
We work closely with any party or group that wishes to express their views in a law-abiding manner
San Diego police spokesman Scott Wahl
Border Patrol spokesman Ralph DeSio said the plans were not set in stone and he did not reveal exactly where construction would take place.
Work on prototypes of the wall is likely to start in June.
The wall will begin in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego
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But some bidders have reportedly expressed concern over potential attacks on construction workers from protesters.
San Diego police spokesman Scott Wahl said: “As part of our community policing philosophy, we work closely with any party or group that wishes to express their views in a law-abiding manner.”
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But authorities insisted companies were responsible for their own security.
President Trump insisted during his election campaign that Mexico would pay for the construction of the wall.
But it was revealed in Trump’s first budget that US taxpayers may have to pay for the barrier.
And in a further blow to the former business tycoon, the US Homeland Security Secretary revealed the wall may not stretch the full length of the 2,000 mile border with Mexico.