SANTA FE, N.M. — U.S.-Mexico border officials are looking to build a $1.9 billion border wall along the two countries’ southern border and begin construction this month on a second, more expansive wall, officials said Wednesday.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the wall would be a barrier and not a fence, adding that the project would not create an additional border with Mexico.
Mexico has long opposed the wall, which is built in layers of fencing and designed to keep people out.
U.N.-backed plans by Mexico and the U.B.C. to build the wall have fallen apart, with Mexico rejecting the idea.
The United States and Mexico began building the border wall on the U-turn in late March after the two sides reached a long-awaited accord on how to pay for the project, the second of two major agreements on the border since Trump took office.
The other agreement is for a border fence to be built by 2020.
The border wall was scheduled to be completed in time for the 2020 election.
The border fence will be built on existing land along the 2,100-mile (3,300-kilometer) border, which separates Texas and New Mexico.
It would be constructed with U.K.-built fencing that the U,N.
hopes will be much tougher than the ones that already border parts of the U