It looks like the Trump administration is leaving nothing to chance. Plans for the wall are ready to move forward whether Congress decides to do the right thing or not.
The latest demand, which House Democrats have declared dead on arrival, came in a letter to key Democratic House committee chairs outlining Customs and Border Protection's readiness to break literal new ground with taxpayer dollars.
A White House official said Monday morning that the letter's reference to the U.S. Army was 'no mistake.'
'It the president declares a national emergency, the Army Corps of Engineers will kick into high gear,' the official said. 'They're already handing out contracts, and that would speed up a lot.'
The Corps began soliciting bids in mid-2017 for companies to produce 'a mix of border fence, border wall, border patrol roads, border access roads, border lights, border gates (for access to border monuments, for maintenance, and for Border Patrol operational use), border drainage improvements, levee walls, and other miscellaneous improvements, repairs, and alterations.'