Things are officially under way, folks!
According to new data from the government, the Department of Homeland Security has
chosen six companies that will be paid up to $2.4 billion to build four concrete and four alternative wall prototypes.
President Trump is keeping true to his word, and in just under a year,
has already started moving things forward on building the wall between the United States and Mexico.
From the Washington Examiner
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced this latest step on Thursday to
carrying out President Trump’s campaign promise to secure the southern border, which will start with companies building prototypes.
The companies were selected from hundreds that submitted proposals earlier this year on how to create border barriers.
Caddell Construction Company, Fisher Sand & Gravel Company, Texas Sterling Construction Company,
and W.G. Yates and Sons Construction Company will each receive up to
$300 million to build a solid concrete wall prototype, CBP and FBP announced Aug. 31.
Caddell and Yates, as well as KWR Construction, Inc. and ELTA North America Inc.
will also be given up to $300 million each to build “alternate materials border wall prototypes,” according to CBP.
“Prototypes constructed from alternate materials will serve two important ends,” CBP said in a statement.
“[T]hey will provide an innovative perspective in the application of new materials which will allow
CBP to evaluate the potential for new wall and barrier designs to complement the current wall and barrier used along the southwest border.”
The project is being funded with “reprogrammed money” taken from within CBP,
and is not part of the $1.6 billion border wall funding the House of Representatives approved in June,
DHS confirmed Friday to the Washington Examiner. The $1.6 billion in border wall funding has yet to pass in the Senate,
and may not make it out of Congress for months, if it does at all.
All of the prototype projects will be carried out on the border and are expected to start this fall,
but the non-concrete walls will conclude years before the concrete projects.
Each of the eight prototypes will be between 18 and 30 feet tall, and address specific issues Border Patrol
agents deal with in certain regions, such as community, geography, and wildlife concerns.