Pursuant to President Biden’s Proclamation on the Termination of Emergency with Respect to the Southern Border of the United States and Redirection of Funds Diverted to Border Wall Construction, construction activities are paused, and all border wall projects are currently undergoing review.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is constructing new border barrier projects in El Paso County, Texas, Doña Ana County, New Mexico, and Luna County, New Mexico, within the U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector.
CBP is constructing approximately 57 miles of border barrier projects, including areas where existing barrier no longer meets the U.S. Border Patrol’s operational needs:
- In El Paso County, Texas, CBP will be replacing approximately 38 miles of existing primary pedestrian and approximately three (3) miles secondary barrier with new steel bollard fencing.
- In Doña Ana County, New Mexico, CBP will be replacing approximately seven (7) miles of existing primary pedestrian barrier with new steel bollard fencing and constructing approximately one (1) mile of new steel bollard fencing.
- In Luna County, New Mexico, CBP will be replacing approximately six (6) miles of existing primary pedestrian barrier with new steel bollard fencing and constructing approximately two (2) miles of new steel bollard fencing.
The projects also include the installation of a linear ground detection system, road construction or refurbishment, and the installation of lighting, which will be supported by grid power and include embedded cameras. The design of the new steel bollard fencing includes 30-foot steel bollards that are approximately 6” x 6” in diameter.
From March to May 2020, CBP sought public input on potential impacts to the environment, culture, and commerce, including potential socioeconomic impacts, and quality of life. The comment period closed May 15, 2020. Substantive comments received will be used to inform the environmental review of the projects.