1. Wide, construction equipment erecting new border wall near Yuma, Arizona
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jose Garibay, US Border Patrol:
"So historically, this has been a huge crossing point for both vehicles as well as family units and unaccompanied alien children during the crisis that we've seen in the past couple months. They have just been pouring over the border due to the fact that we've only ever had vehicle bollards and barriers here that by design only stopped vehicles. So we needed a new type of barrier, that you see behind us, the 30-foot bollard-style wall, that would help us stop completely that flow of unaccompanied alien children and family units pouring over the border."
3. Older vehicle barrier being replaced
4. Wide, construction equipment erecting new wall
5. Material stacked for use on new wall
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jose Garibay, US Border Patrol:
"So, we've had to adapt and overcome and with that, we needed a new type of barrier in order to stop those people from crossing into the United States. And our answer to that is this 30-foot bollard-style wall that you see behind us."
7. Wide, construction equipment erecting new border wall near Yuma, Arizona
The US Border Patrol has begun construction of five miles of a 30-foot border wall along the Colorado River near Yuma, Arizona.
Border Patrol spokesman Jose Garibay said that the wall is replacing an older barrier that was designed to stop vehciles from crossing, but allowed people to pass. The new barrier is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The Trump administration said Monday it saw a 30% drop in the number of people apprehended at the southern U.S. border from July to August, amid an aggressive crackdown by the Mexican government on migrants traveling north.
Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said at the White House that the percentage of border crossers who are traveling as families also slid from roughly 65% to 70% of all migrants to 55%.