The eight looming prototypes rising from the California desert were in keeping with President Donald Trump’s desire for a “physically imposing” barrier between the U.S. and Mexico.
But any construction of the real wall is close to a year off — and there’s another issue: There’s no money.
The border wall prototypes were made exactly to specification: Four from concrete and four others from non-concrete materials that could be used for stretches of barrier that can be seen through.
But any meaningful construction is still at least 10 months away, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said.
First order of business? Letting the samples bake for 30 days as the concrete dries.
Then, CBP personnel will run comprehensive “breachability” tests on the completed prototypes, each 18 to 30 feet high, and on separate, smaller mock-ups at a nearby facility, agency officials said.