Border wall prototypes in San Diego finally being removed, all failed to win design

Border wall prototypes removed

The big ass border wall prototypes built over a year ago—standing like contestants for which design would be used along the U.S.-Mexico border—are finally being removed this week.

Workers in Otay, east of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, could be seen drilling away at the prototypes on Tuesday morning.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials released a statement saying the prototypes are being removed to make way for new fencing along the border, replacing the old fence constructed in 1997. The replacement fence will be twice as high and come at a cost of $131 million.

Unveiled as a humongous fluke, the border wall prototypes were built in 2017 as Israel-Gaza barrier-esque monuments made to prevent all unauthorized immigration from Mexico to the United States. After a U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspection in 2018, however, officials concluded that not only were most of the walls able to be breached, but that it would be virtually impossible to build them along much of the southwest terrain.

With none of the prototypes being picked as the best design for a border wall, the Department of Homeland Security told media outlets that "features" from some of the walls would be incorporated into future plans.