Dickinson-based Fisher Industries has completed construction of a border wall prototype along the southern border of the United States near Otay Mesa, Cali.
Fisher's wall is made of concrete and while it lacks some of the color and features of other prototypes, like tubing atop the walls or opaque panelling, the wall's simplicity makes it look like one of the more imposing designs.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the eight border wall prototypes were completed in late October but this is the first time that the Press has been able to track down available pictures of Fisher's wall prototype.
According to a CBP press release from late last month, now that the construction phase is complete they will test and evaluate each wall over a 30- to 60-day period.
"Border security contributes to our overall national security and relies on a combination of border infrastructure, technology, personnel, and partnerships," said CBP acting Deputy Commissioner Ron Vitiello in the release. "Border walls have proven to be an extremely effective part of our multi-pronged security strategy to prevent the illegal migration of people and drugs over the years ... These border enforcement zones give our men and women of CBP the best possible conditions to maintain a safe and secure border."
The release said the prototypes will be evaluated on the anti-breaching, anti-climbing and anti-digging capabilities of each wall as well as how safe each wall is for border patrol agents and whether each wall would be effective in impeding people from crossing the border.
In September, President Donald Trump said at a rally in Alabama that he would personally pick the winner of the prototypes.
"I'm going to out and look at them personally, going to pick the right one," Trump said.
Fisher's chances of winning the contract are unclear, and even if they do win, construction of the rest of the wall is still up in the air.
Funding for the entire wall has not yet been secured on a federal level and could face stiff opposition in Congress.
In September, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo that Congress needed to pass a continuing resolution without border wall funding so that they could avert a government shutdown and help fund relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey.
"(Congress) will deal with the wall a little later in the year," McCarthy told Bartiromo.
According to the New York Times, Department of Homeland Security said in an internal memo that they estimated the construction of the whole wall around $21.6 billion.
Congress must pass another spending bill before a Dec. 8 deadline to avoid a government shutdown, so another fight over border wall funding could be looming in the next few weeks.