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First photos of Trump's border wall prototypes

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Images have emerged of eight prototypes that could become the wall on the US-Mexico border.

Images of prototypes for Donald Trump's proposed wall on the Mexican border have emerged.

New photographs show eight border wall prototypes being built in San Diego.

The prototypes are between five-and-a-half and nine metres high with four of them made from concrete.

The US Department of Homeland Security will start carrying out tests next week to determine which one will be ideal for hampering illegal immigrants trying to cross the border, Fox News reported.

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Crews work on a border wall prototype near the border with Tijuana, Mexico.
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The US Homeland Department will be putting the wall prototypes to the test.
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Most of the walls are made out of concrete but some are also made out of steel.
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Questions authorities will seek to answer will include what length of time would it take for a person to climb the wall or break through it, and whether the prototype has sensors to raise the alarm to border protection officers?

Six companies won the right to construct eight prototypes commissioned by the US Customs and Border Security. 

Work began on September 26 and they were given 30 days to complete it, meaning the deadline is October 26.

The prototypes, which costs up to about $637,550 each, are designed to withstand an hour of assault from a sledgehammer, pickaxe, torch, chisel and battery-operated tools, according to Associated Press.

US Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco told AP: "The sheer size of them would be a challenge to get up and over, especially in any type of time, or fast period of time.

"Some of these that we can see through would give us the ability to see what's happening on the south side."

At the time of when construction started, US Customs and Border Protection acting deputy commissioner Ronald Vitiello said: "We are committed to securing our border and that includes constructing border walls.

"Our multi-pronged strategy to ensure the safety and security of the American people includes barriers, infrastructure, technology and people

"Moving forward with the prototypes enables us to continue to incorporate all the tools necessary to secure our border."

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Another border wall prototype stands near the border with Tijuana, Mexico. Construction began last month.
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Companies are nearing a deadline to finish building eight prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico.
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This comes as a second judge ordered a freeze on US President Donald Trump's newest travel ban order on Wednesday, saying it was essentially targeted at Muslims in violation of the US Constitution.

Maryland federal judge Theodore Chuang said the ban affecting travelers from six majority-Muslim countries and North Korea, as well as many officials from Venezuela, essentially had not changed from the first two versions, which were shot down in lower courts as discriminating against a single religion.

He pointed out, as in earlier rulings, Mr Trump had repeatedly promised a ban on Muslims coming into the country during last year's presidential election.

Judge Chuang was the second judge this week to order a block on the open-ended ban, issued in a White House executive order in September and which was to come in effect on Wednesday.

- with AFP

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The models cost the government up to about $500,000 each.
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Prototypes should be able to take an hour of punishment from a sledgehammer, pickaxe, torch, chisel and battery-operated tools.
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The walls should also be aesthetically pleasing from the US side.
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