The Department of Homeland Security has begun issuing fencing notices to local governments for their fences, a process that is likely to take at least two years, according to a report from the Hill.
The notices include a notice of intent to begin work, but there is no date set for the fencing.
DHS is expected to publish a list of the local jurisdictions participating in the notices later this month.
The process has sparked protests and lawsuits from immigrant groups and other rights groups.
The Trump administration has said it will build a wall along the southern border of the U.S. between the U-S.
However, the wall itself has yet to be built.
In a press conference last week, President Donald Trump defended the decision to build the wall, saying, “We’re building the wall because we have a bad border, we’re building it because we can’t be smart enough to do what they say we can do.”
Trump’s statement came after the U,S.
Congress failed to pass a $1.6 trillion border security bill.
Trump’s announcement also comes amid criticism from the Congressional Black Caucus over the timing of the notices, and the lack of clarity on the process.
The Hill’s report also said DHS was sending the notices out over the past year, which is a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.