The Pentagon has finally granted it’s first billion in wall construction since the national emergency was declared. The construction will take place in both New Mexico and Arizona.
Here’s more from the Daily Caller:
The Department of Defense awarded two military contracts worth almost $1 billion for wall construction on the U.S-Mexico border, the first funds granted since President Donald Trump declared a national emergency.
The Pentagon announced Tuesday it awarded a $789 million contract to Texas-based company, SLSCO Ltd. for “border replacement wall construction” in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, according to a news release from the Department of Defense. Additionally, Barnard Construction Co. Inc, a company based in Montana, was given a $187 million contract for a wall replacement project in Yuma, Arizona.
The New Mexico wall will be 30 feet high and include a five-foot anti-climb plate at the top, and is expected to be completed by October 2020. The Arizona project, expected to be done by September 2020, will include 18-foot bollard fencing with the same five-foot anti-climb plate.
The announcement marks the first contracts doled out to construction companies after Trump declared a national emergency in February, a move that allowed him to allocate billions more in funds for border wall spending. The Pentagon informed Congress in March that it had diverted funds to the Army Corps of Engineers for new border walls, upsetting lawmakers from both parties who demanded the Pentagon seek permission from them before altering its budget.
It’s great to see some action finally occurring on this front. We need the wall as quickly as they can build it.
Just to point this out, in the pictures of the new border wall in Calexico from the other day, there was no five-foot anti-climb plate at the top:
This is what the recently completed border wall/fence looks like. It replaced existing fence, and stretches about 2.5 miles west of the Calexico border crossing. pic.twitter.com/P8XL7Sa9Up
— Rob McMillan (@abc7robmcmillan) April 4, 2019
The barbed wire works pretty well too. But I’m hoping the new border wall has both the anti-climb plate and some barbed wire at the top just to ensure the illegals who are parkour enthusiasts can’t get over that five-foot plate.