Trump Awards First Border Wall Contract

  • 02/26/2018
  • Source: TTN
  • by: Donny Bomenabori
Trump Awards First Border Wall Contract
A town in California seems to be getting the first installment of the border wall, as an Omaha, Neb. contractor has been brought in to build a 30 ft. wall near Calexico, Calif. From the San Diego Union-Tribune: "It encompasses an area bisected by the New River, where smugglers are known to guide people through polluted waters. The project, which includes a bridge over the river, is expected to take 300 days." The $18 million project should be completed by the end of 2018.
 
If Congress does not act immediately to fund the wall, this will serve as something of a demonstration to show the efficacy of the wall at preventing illegal crossings, as the current barrier is a fence of roughly half the size. The Union-Tribune continued: "The Trump administration also has issued waivers to build in San Diego and Santa Teresa, N.M. George W. Bush's administration issued the previous five waivers, allowing the government to quickly extend the wall to nearly one-third of the border without legal challenges that can block construction or cause major delays. The state of California and major environmental advocacy groups have sued the administration over the waivers, saying its authority expired."
 
U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who Trump tangled with during the campaign, is presiding over the lawsuit to determine whether the lawsuit will move forward. President Trump is incrementally making progress on the border and is within reach of replicating the success of the Calexico wall all along the southern border, but has to overcome spurious legal challenges and funding disputes from DC insiders to bring it home. The President reassured CPAC just last week, "You’re getting the wall. Don’t worry."

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 Source: TTN

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