DHS to close some fence slats on fence, strip privacy slat
DHS plans to close all slats along the border fence on the west side of San Diego, including one that covers the entire fence, a federal official said Wednesday.
The agency will trim a stretch of fence along the San Diego River that runs across the fence and strip privacy trusses from the perimeter fence, the official said.
The slats were built to protect the privacy of people living and working near the border.
The removal is part of a $1.8 billion fence project that is expected to be completed by late 2020.
A separate slat is located along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Officials said the slats would be removed during the first week of February to reduce damage to the fence.
The government has said the trussing would be completed in 2019, and the first phase of the fence would be fully operational by the end of 2021.
A border fence typically measures more than 13 miles (19 kilometers) long and is typically covered by a metal mesh strip.
In recent years, construction of a larger fence has caused more damage to fences along the southern border, as the Border Patrol has struggled to keep up with new fencing technology and an influx of illegal migrants.