One of President Trump’s most memorable campaign promises was the construction of a physical border wall on the southern border.
It’s going to happen whether liberals like it or not. In fact, Republican lawmakers proposed a Homeland Security funding bill last week, and it includes $1.6 billion for the construction of the border wall. (Hopefully, the sun or Mexico will end up paying for it. We’ll see. Hehe.)
We’ve heard that DHS is planning to begin the construction of four to eight wall prototypes in San Diego this September, but there’s even MORE good news. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is working alongside private contractors to prepare to build a segment of the wall through the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in Texas, and it could begin going up as early as January 2018. Happy New Year!
A spokesperson for CBP, Carlos Diaz, acknowledged that there have been preliminary meetings for projects designated in Trump’s 2017-18 budget request. “CBP has prioritized 28 miles of new levee wall system in Rio Grande Valley, 32 new miles of border wall system in the Rio Grande Valley, and 14 miles of replacement secondary barrier in San Diego,” Diaz wrote in an email.
According to the report, the Trump administration wants to start there because the land is government owned, meaning they can start construction without having to deal directly with private landowners (although that will come eventually).
CBP plans to construct an 18-foot levee wall that would stretch for almost three miles through the wildlife refuge, according to the official. The structure would consist of a concrete base, which would serve as a levee, and be topped with a fence made of steel bollards, similar to a levee wall built almost a decade ago near Hidalgo, Texas. A second federal official confirmed these details to the Observer.
On Friday afternoon, several workers were drilling into the existing earthen levee on the wildlife refuge and extracting soil samples to prepare for the construction. A security guard watching over the site asked me to leave when I started asking questions. Engineers from Michael Baker International, a global engineering firm, have been attending meetings on the project, according to the federal official.
Some are worried the wall will destroy the refuge. I hear that’s debatable, but at the end of the day, I’d rather risk damaging part of the refuge than to continue allowing illegals to freely run across the border.
We’ll certainly keep you posted on this!