Diagrams reveal what border wall will look like
Chief Matthew Hudak demonstrated where about 70 miles of the wall would go, along with a light tower with a camera, security lighting and a patrol road.
LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - A DC official visited the gateway city last week to provide updates on the proposed border wall.
This week, KGNS spoke with the Laredo sector CBP chief to get a closer look at what the wall could look like.
Although you have heard a lot about the border wall, have you actually seen it?
Although construction has not begun in Laredo, Customs and Border Protection released computer generated visuals of just what Laredoans could expect as early as next year.
“Smuggling organizations through use of the roads can bring smuggled aliens directly to the river," said Chief Matthew Hudak. "Then they can cross that river relatively quickly, and they’re actually in neighborhoods here on the U.S. side of the border.”
Laredo sector Chief Hudak demonstrated where about 70 miles of the wall would go from the Columbia Bridge to the north and San Ygnacio to the south, Laredo of course within that path.
That’s a price tag of more than $1 billion and more funds pending for another 17 miles in the Del Rio area.
But that money will go towards more than just a wall. Chief Hudak calls it a wall system, also consisting of a light tower with a camera, security lighting and a patrol road, the patrol road especially aiding the agents by decreasing response time.
“An agent may have to respond from one area on the river to another area that’s only a mile away, but it may take 15-20 minutes to get there because they have to go all the way around to access it. The roads give us that mobility that we can respond within seconds to minutes and change that time factor in our favor.”
People from Laredo may recognize the location in the diagrams. The proposed wall would separate the Outlet Shoppes and Tres Laredos Park to the left and the Rio Grande River to the right.
However, Chief Hudak says because of the ground’s elevation, people looking from the mall would not see the wall, which will be about 18 feet. In other areas, it will be 30 feet.
“Some of the critics say, ‘you build a 30 foot wall. You just need a 3 -foot ladder to get over it.’ Well, there may be some truth to that, but the reality is you cannot move very fast carrying a 30 foot ladder.”
One national news outlet wrote that CBP said the Trump administration is considering painting some of the wall black in Texas, which would cost tens of millions of more dollars.
CNN reports that that could extend into the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo, but Hudak said that is not in the plans for the Laredo sector, although the option is there to initiate discussions in the contracts.
The 400th mile of the wall was finished in other sectors as of Thursday.
Copyright 2020 KGNS. All rights reserved.