President Trump’s border wall just took one step closer to reality, as a $145 million contract was just awarded with construction to begin in Texas in February 2019!
As of the writing of this article it is November 2018, so we’re talking less than 4 months away!
When President Trump makes a promise, he backs it up!
And no, this isn’t just wishful thinking, it’s hard news my friends.
From the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website itself, CBP.gov:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), has awarded a contract to construct approximately six miles of levee wall system in the U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector, which was funded in CBP’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriation. The contract for this project, referred to by CBP as RGV-03, awarded on October 31, 2018 to Slsco Ltd in the amount of $145 Million for construction. Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2019.
The RGV-03 project includes the construction and installation of tactical infrastructure including a reinforced concrete levee wall to the height of the existing levee, 18 feet tall steel bollards installed on top of the concrete wall, and vegetation removal along a 150 foot enforcement zone throughout the approximately six miles of levee wall system. The enforcement zone will also include detection technology, lighting, video surveillance, and an all-weather patrol road parallel to the levee wall. This project lies within the McAllen Station area of responsibility in Hidalgo County, Texas.
The RGV Sector remains an area of high illegal cross border activity. In FY 2017, USBP apprehended over 137,000 illegal aliens, and seized approximately 260,000 pounds of marijuana and approximately 1,192 pounds of cocaine in the RGV Sector. Once constructed, this levee wall system will serve as a persistent impediment to transnational criminal organizations, while still allowing river access for property owners, other federal/state/local officials, local emergency responders, and USBP.
CBP continues to implement President Trump’s Executive Order 13767 - also known as Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements – and continues to take steps to expeditiously plan, design, and construct a physical wall using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the southern border.
Breitbart brings more on the story:
Federal officials announced the award of a contract to allow construction of new sections of border walls in the Rio Grande Valley Sector of South Texas. The $145 million construction project is slated to begin in February 2019.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced the award of a contract to build approximately six miles of border walls along the levee system in the Rio Grande Valley Sector, according to information provided to Breitbart News by U.S. Border Patrol officials. The contract, awarded on October 31 to Slsco Ltd, provides $145 million for the project which will begin in February 2019, officials stated.
The project calls for the construction and installation of “tactical infrastructure” to include 18 feet tall steel bollard walls which will be placed on top of reinforced sections of concrete levee walls. Contractors will also create a new “enforcement zone” by removing 150 feet of vegetation along the new wall system.
Included in the “enforcement zone” will be detection technology, lighting systems, video surveillance, and an all-weather road that will run parallel to the levee wall. The roadway will provide Border Patrol agents a pathway to quickly respond to any illegal crossings in the area.
The new border wall system and enforcement zone will provide increased border security capabilities to agents assigned to the McAllen Station, one of the busiest border crossing areas in the nation.
“Once constructed, this levee wall system will serve as a persistent impediment to transnational criminal organizations, while still allowing river access for property owners, other federal/state/local officials, local emergency responders, and USBP,” Border Patrol officials said in a written statement.
The project is authorized by President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13767, officials stated.