The “build the wall” movement gained loads of steam during Trump’s campaign. Now it’s about to happen. Trump’s border wall will begin in San Diego. The wall will have a height of up to 30 feet. The goal of the wall is to help stop cartel violence, drugs and illegal immigration, all things that have been plaguing our country for years.
It will kick off in the San Diego border town of Otay Mesa. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed this on Monday per the San Diego Union Tribune. While they are starting off with prototypes, documents reveals that the actual construction of the wall will begin in San Diego, CA.
Per the San Diego Union Tribune:
The community is home to one of two border crossings in San Diego and will be the site where 20 chosen bidders will erect prototypes of the envisioned wall. Winners will be selected around June 1, the agency said.
While funding for the massive infrastructure project is still not set, up to 450 companies submitted designs last week. The agency’s bid said roughly 20 companies will be selected to build the prototypes — 30 feet long and up to 30 feet high.
The models will be built on a roughly quarter-mile strip of federal land within 120 feet of the border, said a U.S. official with knowledge of the plans quoted by the Associated Press.
Beyond just prototypes, CNN said it reviewed documents revealing that wall construction could start in San Diego. The initial $999-million request would fund 14 miles of new wall along the city’s border with Mexico, 28 miles of new levee wall barriers and six miles of new border wall in the Rio Grande Valley region. The request would also cover 14 miles of replacement fencing in San Diego, CNN said.
Security is a huge issue when it comes to the companies who have already put their bid in to participate.
Officials declined to say if officers or deputies would be on site while the construction takes place, but made clear the location will be monitored by law enforcement agencies and Customs and Border Protection.
Security was already an issue for companies bidding on the wall. In a Q&A on FedBizOpps, the federal contracts website, some bidders asked what would happen if employees came under attack during construction, if they could use firearms in states with stricter gun laws and if the government would provide legal assistance if they had to use deadly force.
You can find the rest of the San Diego Tribune report here.
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