Images and video of the old fence and construction of the new fence all along the California and Arizona border. Hope to add New Mexico in the near future. This page will summarize the state of the border fence and is still under development.
Go to the links to obtain more detailed video and photo reports on specific areas. The goal is to enable an interested person to become relatively knowledgeable about the real status of the border fence, not distorted too much by my personal political spin.
With respect to a border fence, hundreds of miles of the border has until now been wide open. The current fence will not be perfect and is not a magic solution, but it will be a tremendous improvement in border security. The “complete” label means that the planned work has been done in this area in this phase, not necessarily that more work will not be needed in the future.
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CALIFORNIA BORDER FENCE
California has a border with Mexico that is 160 miles long from the Pacific Ocean to the Colorado river. Around 50-60 miles or it already had a pre-Trump bollard fence which is identical to the new fence, though generally not as high (15 feet), but still serviceable. This pre-existing fence is not being replaced. If necessary, a second fence can be built behind it in places. Fence is being built on 60 miles of border, some of it (in San Diego) a double fence. There is some very mountainous territory in California, where probably no fence will be built. If it is much of difficult to cross these rocky ridges than it would be to climb over the fence, this is probably okay. The rough terrain can already be a sufficient barrier.
San Diego COMPLETED – An impressive double fence about 15 miles long from the beach to the foot of Otay mountain. The primary fence is 18 feet high and the secondary is 30 feet high. This section has been finished, but I haven’t done an update, yet.
Otay Mountain IN PROGRESS– There are 4 miles of pre-trump existing fence on the mountain, probably 18 feet high, can’t get close enough to tell. 1.5 miles of double fence is being built, apparently to join the San Diego fence with the already existing fence on the mountain. This leaves about a 6-mile gap on the other side of the mountain in the Morron Valley.
Marron Valley WIDE OPEN – Between Otay Mountain and Tecate, this stretch is expected to be the most open part of the California border. A report is coming soon.
Tecate COMPLETED – Tecate got 4 miles of 30 foot bollard fence and that was joined up to 1-2 miles of pre-Trump bollard fence that runs up the slope towards Otay mountain. This fence has been finished, but I have not done and update yet. A report is expected soon, in a couple of days.
Campo IN PROGRESS– Work on 17 miles of 30 foot bollard fence just started in Campo. Multiple contractors are working on this stretch and the goal is to finish it by December 31, 2020.
Jacumba IN PROGRESS– There are about 5.3 miles of 15-foot-high bollard fence in Jacumba area and 0.7 miles of 10-foot-high bollard fence. The rocky ridges in the area that have no fence. In particular that is 11.3 miles that have no fence over the Jacumba Wilderness towards the Yuha desert. There is work going on near the town of Jacumba and in the Jacumba Wilderness.
Yuha Desert COMPLETED – 15 miles of primary fence, contructed of 30-foot-high bollards have been finished.
Calexico – COMPLETED 11 miles of 30-foot high bollard fence has reportedly been finished in Calexico. There is still a small stretch of old mini bollard fence, but I think they have done all they are going to do in this phase. I have not had time to do a final report on this section, yet.
Imperial Desert SERVICABLE AS IS – 41 miles of pre-Trump 15-foot high bollard fence. built in 2009, run from the outskirts of Mexicali to the port of entry at Andrede. This fence has a unique design which allows it to “float” on the sand dunes. It is called the “Sand Dragon” due to the way it slithers over the dunes. Since this stretch was already a (pre-Trump) 15-foot high bollard fence, it does not appear there are plans to upgrade this pre-existing fence at this time.
ARIZONA BORDER FENCE
Sasabe / Arrivaca
San Rafael Valley
NEW MEXICO BORDER FENCE
THEN AND NOW – Produced by the San Diego Sector Command of the U.S. Border Patrol. How even erecting the old landing mat fence in San Diego in the 1990’s greatly reduced illegal crossing.