February 8, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb 7 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are building a steel and concrete barrier 300 feet (90 meters) out into the Pacific Ocean south of San Diego to curb dangerous attempts by illegal immigrants and smugglers to slip through the breakers to California.
The new maritime fence is being built at a cost of $4.3 million at the point where the U.S.-Mexico border plunges into the ocean between San Diego and the industrial powerhouse of Tijuana, in northwest Mexico.
The new “surf fence” is a steel-and-concrete barrier up to 18 feet tall that replaces a rusted and uneven line of posts.
“It was falling apart, it was out of alignment, it looked like a bad set of teeth,” said Customs and Border Protection spokesman Ralph DeSio.