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First look at prototypes for Trump's border wall

The U.S. government gave the media a first peek Wednesday at construction of prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

Crews have 30 days to construct wall with Mexico in cordoned-off area of San Diego

A Border Patrol agent walks with a Department of Homeland Security official as crews work on prototypes for a proposed border wall in front of the primary border structure separating Tijuana, Mexico, behind, and San Diego Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in San Diego. The federal government is giving a first peek at construction of prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, an area that is walled off from public viewing in a remote area of San Diego. (Gregory Bull/Associated Press)

The U.S. government gave the media a first peek Wednesday at construction of prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

Crews working on two of the eight prototypes moved dirt, with one of the crews also installing steel reinforcing bars before concrete is poured.

Each crew gets only 18.2 square metres to work on their prototype, prompting some to do assembly work elsewhere before moving the structure to their designated position.

Contractors have 30 days to finish. 

The rectangular construction zone is fenced off from public viewing in a remote area of San Diego along the border with Mexico.

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The models will be tested for the ability to withstand sustained drilling with power tools and to deter crossers with anti-climbing features. They also must be aesthetically pleasing from the north side.

The government will consider the models to guide the proposed construction on the nearly 3,200 kilometre border with Mexico. Trump says he wants them to be see-through.