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Yuma Sector To Receive More Border Fencing, Lighting

Victor Calderón/KAWC
Anthony Porvaznik, Chief Patrol Agent for the U.S. Border Patrol, speaks to reporters in front of the border wall east of San Luis.

The U.S.-Mexico border east of San Luis will see additional fencing and lighting thanks to new funding from the U.S. Department of Defense.

The Yuma Sector will receive additional 18-foot-high  pedestrian fencing, improved roads and new lighting.

That’s because Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Monday authorized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and building the new construction.

Pentagon officials said they will spend up to $1 billion on to support the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection in both Yuma and El Paso, Texas. The plan calls for 57 miles of fencing in the two sectors, though it was not specified how many miles of fencing each sector would receive.

Department of Defense officials said the plan is in support of the Feb. 15 national emergency declaration on the southern border.

Border Patrol Agent Jose Garibay told KAWC that the Yuma Sector is already receiving 26 miles of new infrastructure at the border.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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