Border wall construction to begin in Texas

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says that new sections of a border wall started being built in El Paso, Texas starting on Saturday, September 22.

The steel bollard wall will replace fencing in the area.

Homeland Security says a four-mile section of chain link and metal fence just west of a border station will be replaced with the 18-foot tall wall.

"This new wall will be far more durable and far more effective in deterring would-be illegal entrants," said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron A. Hull.

The 4-mile-long construction project is expected to be completed in late April 2019. The estimated cost for this project is $22 million.

The ability to see through into Mexico is a concept supported by the wall, according to officials.

Federal authorities say the El Paso Sector continues to experience a high number of apprehensions of illegal aliens and drug smuggling.