Nogales, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announced that construction to replace an estimated 2.8 miles of outdated primary pedestrian fence along the U.S-Mexico border adjacent to the city of Nogales, Ariz., will begin in mid-March, and is part of CBP's ongoing efforts to strengthen the security of the Southwest border in Arizona's Tucson sector.
The project will replace "landing mat" fencing originally constructed in 1994 with a new 18-foot bollard fence design on either side of the DeConcini Land port of entry. The new fence will increase deterrence by raising the overall height and providing a deeper, more robust below grade foundation-making it significantly more difficult to breach. The project is scheduled to be completed in September 2011.
"Modernizing and upgrading fencing in Nogales is critical to our ongoing efforts to strengthen border security in the Tucson Sector and keep Arizona communities safe and secure," said Border Patrol Facilities and Tactical Infrastructure Program Management Office Director Loren Flossman.
CBP has completed a total of approximately 650 miles of pedestrian and vehicle fence along the Southwest border out of the 652 miles mandated by Congress.
Last month month, CBP announced the Arizona Joint Field Command-an organizational realignment that brings together Border Patrol, Air and Marine, and Field Operations under a unified command structure to integrate CBP's border security, commercial enforcement, and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in the Arizona area of operations.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Obama administration has engaged in an unprecedented effort to bring focus and intensity to Southwest border security, coupled with a reinvigorated, smart and effective approach to enforcing immigration laws in the interior of our country.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.