One of the most influential parts of President Trump’s campaign was his promise to build a wall between the United States and its Southern neighbor.

So far, construction for the wall has not begun. But now, it seems the beginning phases of the wall will start in the near future.

Of the nearly 450 companies that submitted construction plans for the wall, around 20 of them will be participating in a prototype program.

Prototypes of the wall will soon begin construction in San Diego County.

Essentially, the prototype program is acting as a way to decide which engineering plan to use as the basis for the wall.

Breitbart News reported:

Out of up to 450 companies bidding to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, approximately 20 will be chosen to construct prototypes in eastern San Diego County this June.

Proposed plans came in last week, with options ranging from a nuclear waste obstacle course, to a monorail-topped wall, to plans for solar panels or engraved family trees, according to the Tribune. The some-20 finalists will be invited to erect prototypes of their proposed walls. Administration parameters require walls to be 30 feet tall and prevent digging under by six feet down. The length will be around 30 feet.

Prototypes will be built approximately 120 feet from the southern border in the Otay Mesa region, according to the Associated Press. The exact location has not been publicly identified and plans are still subject to change

The logistics of the wall is ultimately what’s halting the construction.

Funding for the wall has not yet been fully received, and the decision of which type of construction to build is a complicated one at best.

Breitbart News reported:

San Diego is already home to the first cross-border airport terminal, which resides in the Otay Mesa area. It connects travelers in the United States to the Tijuana airport.

Border wall prototypes could run from $200,000 to $500,000, according to the Associated Press. Safety concerns have arisen for those working on construction of the prototype walls. An unnamed U.S. official told the AP that Border Patrol and local police are prepared, should they need to set up a buffer zone for the construction site.

The U.S.-Mexico border wall was one of the more controversial issues of the 2016 Election, and continues to be a controversial social issue thanks to leftist groups.

Even contractors who are opting to take part in the prototype stage are receiving death threats –

ironically, due to their ethnicity.

Breitbart News reported:

Latino business owners have reported receiving death threats after their bids on the wall became public knowledge, according to the Washington Post. Some have had rocks thrown at them. One had a tractor stolen. One woman whose grandparents came to the U.S. from Mexico told the Post that she fielded five death threats in just one morning. Others say they have been accused of betraying their community.

Overall, building prototypes of the wall before construction begins will help expedite the actual construction of the wall by eliminating problems in the beginning stages and by finding the best plan for the wall in the first place.

What are your thoughts?

Do you believe building prototypes of the wall is a good idea?

Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.