Border Patrol to Hold New Wall Groundbreaking in Santa Teresa

Normandy Fence on U.S./Mexico border west of Santa Teresa, NM.
The so-called ‘Normandy’ vehicle fencing west of Santa Teresa, N.M., 20 miles of which will now be replaced with 18-foot tall bollard fence.

Vehicle Fence to Be Replaced by 18-Foot Pedestrian Fence

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will hold a groundbreaking in Santa Teresa this morning to mark the official start for the construction of new bollard fence to replace 20-miles of primary vehicle barriers.

A section of bollard fence in southern Doña Ana County, N.M.
A section of bollard fence in southern Doña Ana County, N.M.

El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron A. Hull will host the event for the construction project funded with FY 2017 appropriations.

CBP is replacing the legacy vehicle barriers that no longer meet the U.S. Border Patrol’s operational needs with new bollard fence. This style of wall has proved effective in other U.S. Border Patrol Sectors, officials report.

Border Patrol officials said that construction of the new wall will make agents better equipped to complete their mission.

The Las Cruces-based Southwest Environmental Center is part of a lawsuit to halt the building of the fence west of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry, according to its Executive Director, Kevin Bixby.

Editor’s note: Prior to 2018, the type of structure to be built west of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry was exclusively called “bollard fence” by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The planned construction is a single-layer steel fence, which is extremely different than the 30-foot-tall wall prototypes ordered by CBP in 2017. However, in official publications, CBP has taken to calling the bollard fence a “wall.”