2,000-Mile-Long Southern Border Wall Begins to Take Shape, President Trump Fulfills Key Campaign Promise

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ABOVE VIDEO: CBS News tours construction of Trump’s border wall.

(CBS NEWS) – Nearly three years after President Trump took office, work is finally underway on one of his key campaign promises. CBS News was able to get access to the locations where new border wall is being constructed along the 2,000-mile-long southern border.

In rural south Texas, construction crews are pushing to finish an 8-mile stretch of border wall in the town of Donna. The total cost is about $167 million.

West of Donna, CBS News saw a second 3-mile stretch of wall that is also being built. Nearly $10 billion has been diverted from government agencies for wall funding. That’s a bill U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, are footing.

Border Patrol Sector Chief Rodolfo Karisch said it’s just a start. “We’re looking at about 80 to 90 miles over the next year to year and a half,” he said. But it won’t all be connected.

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