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Outdated AZ border fence replacement completed

New Douglas, AZ fence

Customs and Border Protection says it completed a fence replacement project in Douglas, AZ, on Feb. 15.

The agency said it finished replacement of 6.1 miles of outdated primary pedestrian fencing along the U.S-Mexico border, adjacent to the city of Douglas. 

The project began in early October as part of the agency’s ongoing effort to strengthen the security of Arizona’s border with Mexico by replacing “landing mat” style fencing with an 18-foot bollard style fence on both sides of the Douglas port of entry. The old fencing was originally constructed in the early 1990s, according to CBP.

The new fence is higher and runs deeper into the ground, overall height and providing a more robust below-grade foundation in areas susceptible to erosion — making it significantly more difficult to breach, it said. 

 “This new fencing will greatly hinder transnational criminal organizations from attempting to commit their criminal acts and allow our agents to see threats more easily, thus keeping our communities safer for our friends and families,” said Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief Richard Barlow.

Of the 262 linear miles of border Tucson Sector is responsible for securing, approximately 210 miles have some type of pedestrian and vehicle fencing, it said.