Concrete Border Wall Prototype Contractors Announced

Concrete Border Wall Prototype Contractors Announced

The border wall between the U.S. and its southern neighbour is a step closer after four companies were awarded contracts to build prototypes. More prototypes will be announced next week in the "other materials" section of the request for proposals. The prototypes will be built near San Diego.

The four companies to which the contracts were awarded are Caddell Construction, in Montgomery, Alabama; Fisher Industries in Tempe, Arizona; Texas Sterling Construction in Houston, Texas and WG Yates & Sons Construction in Philadelphia. Some congressional critics have accused the administration and its Republican allies of proposing to cut billions in funding to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead department for disaster recovery, to pay for a border wall.

During his visit last week to Phoenix, Trump threatened to shut down the government if Congress does not agree to fund his wall in September. Or are they not used to politicians doing hat they say they are going to do?

In a statement released after Thursday's contract announcement, the Center for Biological Diversity repeated charges that waivers of environmental rules invoked by DHS for wall construction will hurt local communities and wildlife.

The prototypes will cost a total of $3.6 million.

If anyone thought that President Donald Trump was kidding about getting tough on illegal immigration, those questions were answered on Thursday.

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Funding for the wall has yet to be secured.

Vitiello emphasized that CBP is looking for a "more holistic view" on border security, including cameras, sensors and an enforcement zone in the wall plan. "Through the construction of prototypes, CBP will partner with industry to identify additional means and methods to construct a border wall".

Once those selections are evaluated, authorities will decide which company will build the new border wall, set to run hundreds of miles along the U.S. -Mexico border.

In March, CBP issued two requests for proposals to acquire conceptual wall designs.

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The four contracts are worth up to $500,000 (£387,000) each. Those prototypes would also be reviewed before any final decision was made, Vitiello said.