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The Department of Homeland Security announced on Tuesday that it would begin testing border wall prototypes in San Diego but also confirmed the government had no plan to build a wall along the entirety of the southern border.
The prototypes, built along San Diego's already-erected border wall, would allow officials to gauge which type of barrier is most effective. In total, officials plan to build four to eight prototypes, according to The New York Times and Los Angeles Times.
Deputy Acting Commissioner for Customs and Border Protection Ronald Vitiello told reporters on Tuesday construction could start towards the end of the summer. “We’re evaluating proposals now,” he said. “We think it’s summer. It’s kind of hard to nail down," Vitiello said.
Vitiello's announcement signaled President Donald Trump was starting to implement his campaign promise of building a wall along the Mexican border. Trump requested $2.6 billion from Congress for its construction.