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Border Wall construction amid pandemic

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YUMA, Ariz. ( KYMA, KECY) - President Donald Trump's promise of 450 miles of a new border wall along the southern border is underway in Yuma County amid the pandemic.

According to Agent Jose Garibay with the Yuma Sector Border Patrol, about 20 to 30 miles have been completed in the county.

“We have a project going up in the Sonoran desert that is our 31-mile project that is creating a secondary enforcement zone," said Garibay.

Garibay said that securing the border is a national security issue. He tells News 11 that apprehensions have drastically decreased due to both countries' efforts.

“That brought our apprehensions down dramatically to where we were only catching 10 and 30 per day," said Agent Garibay.

The new wall system will have both primary and secondary and that by the end of 2020 Yuma County will have over 100 miles completed. Especially in areas where agents see the most traffic.

“Now that’s not saying it will be over 100 miles along the border with Mexico, it means we will have over 100 miles of border wall system including primary and secondary," said Agent Garibay.

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Carmen Valencia

Carmen Valencia joined KYMA in early September of 2018 as a multimedia journalist.

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