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Image: Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24, based in Huntsville, Alabama, constructed low water crossings, fences, and roads long the Arizona / Mexico border jtfn.northcom.mil

Border protection goes to new heights in Douglas, where Border Patrol has finished a new 18 foot high fence on the border. The fence makes illegal crossings tougher, but it’s not a perfect solution.

The new border fence in Douglas covers six miles of border. It stands eighteen feet high so it’s hard to go over, and sinks between six and eight feet deep so it’s hard to tunnel under.

The new fence cost about 14 and a half million dollars. Contractors finished it in six months instead of seven as originally planned.

Besides being taller, it’s made of much tougher steel. The fence that went up in Douglas more than 20 years ago was made out of pieces of lightweight steel originally meant for temporary airfields. They were fairly easy to cut through.

Source: Craig Smith for KGUN9.

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