President Trump proposed the continuous border wall between Mexico and the United States as a centerpiece of his 2016 election campaign. On January 25, 2017, he issued, as one of the first Presidential Executive Orders, ‘Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,’ stating that “the [Department of Homeland Security] Secretary shall take steps to immediately plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the southern border.”
On March 17, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued two Requests for Proposals (RFP) to acquire conceptual wall designs with the intent to construct multiple prototypes. One RFP called for “concrete wall design” and the other RFP called for “other than concrete wall design”. Prototyping is an industry-tested approach to identify additional solutions when considering a new product or methodology. The border wall prototypes are part of a multi-pronged security strategy to prevent the illegal migration of people and drugs and are part of a border enforcement zone, which includes patrol roads, lights and surveillance technology.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) awarded eight contracts to six companies to build eight prototypes on the U.S. - Mexican border near Otay Mesa Port of Entry, California. Four are made of reinforced concrete, and another four incorporate additional construction materials. The construction of the prototypes in the San Diego sector was completed on 26 October 2017.
The eight border wall prototypes have significant cultural value and are historical land art.
This campaign wants to designate the eight border wall prototypes a national monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906, legislation that protects significant natural, cultural, or scientific features on Federal land.
The President of the United States can establish a national monument by presidential proclamation and the United States Congress can do so by legislation.
With the help of the American people the eight border wall prototypes can be preserved and protected from demolition for all future generations of people.
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The White House is currently performing maintenance on the petition section of its website. To sign the PROTOTYPES petition there, please refer to petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-border-wall-prototypes-national-monument in late January, when it will be relaunched.