U.S.-Mexico border wall: What it really looks like

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America’s southern border is big news. Thanks to President Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise — a wall between the United States and Mexico — and reports of family separations and migrant children imprisoned without soap or blankets, the border has been one of the most talked-about stories of 2019.

In reality, America’s current “border wall” is a series of piecemeal barriers that vary in size, shape and age. Sections of “wall” include low fences; high barriers; dividers with steel slats; and areas with checkpoints and pedestrian passages. Other parts of the border have no structures at all, demarcated instead by rivers or mountains.

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Here’s what the U.S.-Mexico border really looks like — both the areas with walls and without.

In this photo, a boy plays at the beach near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Playas de Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico in June 2019.

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