Opinion: While Pelosi and the Democrats refuse to so much as negotiate on Congress appropriating the money Trump has requested to build a “wall” at our southern border, the Admin is quietly proceeding with plans to build a barrier in South Texas.
While it has not been widely publicized the Trump Administration has been building sections of wall along the southern border. Last April the El Paso Times reported: “Construction of a new $73 million bollard wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in Santa Teresa, N.M., began Monday after an official groundbreaking of what officials called the “president’s border wall.”
“The wall will stand 18 feet to 30 feet tall in different areas, depending on the terrain.
“It is going help maintain a secure border. It is going to establish the operational control that the president has mandated,” Hull added. “We have been adding barriers to physical entries for almost 30 years and have seen the results.”
This is just one example of sections that have begun construction already.
The AP released a report about more wall being constructed:
“The U.S. government is preparing to begin construction of more border walls and fencing in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, likely on federally owned land set aside as wildlife refuge property.
Heavy construction equipment was expected to arrive starting Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. A photo posted by the nonprofit National Butterfly Center shows an excavator parked next to its property.
Congress last March approved more than $600 million for 33 miles (53 kilometers) of new barriers in the Rio Grande Valley. While President Donald Trump and top Democrats remain in a standoff over Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion in border wall funding, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has pushed ahead with building what’s already funded.”
While the Democrat controlled Congress refuses to so much as debate Trump’s wall, it seems the admin is quietly building sections for which the money has already been allocated.
The AP goes on to report: “ According to designs it released in September , CBP intends to build 25 miles (40 kilometers) of concrete walls to the height of the existing flood-control levee in Hidalgo County next to the Rio Grande, the river that forms the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. On top of the concrete walls, CBP will install 18-foot (5.5-meter) steel posts and clear a 150-foot (45-meter) enforcement zone in front.
If I have learned one thing during the Trump Presidency it is that every time I doubt the man he makes a fool out of me. While the Democrat’s obstruct, Trump does what he does best … he builds.