“Build The Wall!” supporters of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump shouted the phrase en masse at campaign rallies – and Trump promised he would.

“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me. I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. Mark my words.”

And the new president is keeping his promise, despite facing a full agenda in the first year of his presidency, including reforming health insurance, reining in the runaway spending of the federal government as the debt reached $20 trillion, instituting a ban on travel from countries that are unable to provide adequate information on their visas and passports, rolling back the Obama nuclear deal with Iran and, of course, dealing with threats from North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-Un.

Now, less than ten months into the Trump administration, it looks like the promise is really going to be kept as prototypes are being built as companies bid for the government’s nod to “Build The Wall.”

The best model will win the government contract to construct a barrier at the southern border of the U.S.

Companies are putting up huge slabs of concrete as prototypes for the wall, including at least one that will be made of transparent material.

One of the challenges is to construct the wall in such a way that will allow border patrol and law enforcement officials to see what people on the Mexican side of the wall are doing, carrying, and even launching at it.

“One of the things with the wall is you need transparency. You have to be able to see through it. In other words, if you can’t see through that wall — so it could be a steel wall with openings, but you have to have openings because you have to see what’s on the other side of the wall,” said Trump.

Providing an example, the president said, “As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them — they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It's over. As crazy as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall.”

The prototypes are only the first step of the process to construct the wall that will take time and money to complete, but represents not only another promise made, promise kept moment for the president, but a giant leap toward securing the border to safeguard American citizens – including all legal immigrants.

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