Border Patrol completes more than 6 miles of new border fence in Arizona

DOUGLAS, AZ - U.S. Customs and Border Protection has completed the construction of more than six miles of border fence near the city of Douglas, Arizona with fencing that is significantly more difficult to break through, according to a news release from the agency Wednesday.

"This new fencing will greatly hinder transnational criminal organizations from attempting to commit their criminal acts," according to Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief Richard A. Barlow. "It will allow agents to see threats more easily," he said.

The construction, which began in early October of last year, is part of the Border Patrol's ongoing effort to strengthen the border fence by replacing fencing built in the 1990s with an 18-foot bollard-style fence on both sides of the Douglas Port of Entry.

The new fence is both taller and deeper, according to the release. The new fence has a below-grade foundation in areas that are susceptible to erosion.

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