President Donald Trump’s intentions on building a border wall to separate the US from Mexico will start being a reality from next year February.
A Texas company has been awarded a contract worth more than 140 million dollars start work. The wall is intended to keep out migrants who come in illegally from Mexico.
SLSCO is a Texan company that has been awarded a $145 million contract by federal authorities. The money is for the company to build 6-miles of the wall along the US-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley.
On Friday, the US Customs and Border Patrol revealed that SLSCO would start construction next year February. The wall will be an 18-foot reinforced concrete levee.
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Part of the contract will include the contractor increasing the height of existing fences.
This job will be President Donald Trump's first border barrier in the Rio Grande Valley. It is the busiest section for illegal crossings.
Work on building walls has been ongoing with the government recently completing the construction of a 2-mile, 30-foot tall section of fencing along the border in California. Illegal immigration has been a focal point for Trump ahead of the midterms.
In a press conference at the White House last week, the president threatened to have the migrants shot if they threw rocks at the military personnel. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently defended Trump's plan to send troops to the southern border.
Pompeo dismissed criticism that the move was pushed by politics ahead of the midterm elections. On Sunday, he stated:
"We've made clear to them they need to undertake every effort they can to stop this illegal migration from entering the United States, and the president's made very clear they will not be permitted to enter our country unlawfully.”
The construction of the wall has faced a lot of opposition. Last month, conservation groups sued the Trump administration for waiving 28 conservation laws to speed up construction of the border wall along the Rio Grande Valley.
The border-wall construction would cut through the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, National Butterfly Center, Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park, and the grounds of the historic La Lomita Chapel.
It would also affect family farms and other private properties.