Another Arizona-based company involved in border wall construction

Violet Powell
September 10, 2017

The new filing in U.S. District Court argues that then-Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly did not have the constitutional or other legal authority to waive dozens of environmental laws to "rush construction of the border wall and prototypes".

CBP's decision on the "other materials" Request for Proposal (RFP) is the second and final decision related to selection of prototype designs for the border wall. As he explained to reporters: "As disgusting as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don't see them - they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff?"

First, given their robust physical characteristics, such as being between 18 and 30 feet high, the "other materials" border wall prototypes are created to deter illegal crossings in the area in which they are constructed.

"The border wall prototypes and designs will complement other tools we employ to secure our borders", said Ronald Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner at CBP.

In fiscal year 2016 alone, DHS said in a release, the CBP "apprehended more than 31,000 illegal aliens and seized 9,167 pounds of marijuana and 1,317 pounds of cocaine in the San Diego sector".

The companies are: The Caddell Construction from Montgomery, Alabama; KWR Construction from Sierra Vista, Arizona; Elta North America from Annapolis Junction, Maryland; WG Yates & Sons from Philadelphia, Mississippi.

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"If the government's going to build a wall, we want to do it", Anderson said.

The awards end another phase in the Trump administration's drive to fulfill one of the president's chief campaign promises to construct a wall along the southwest border with Mexico.

Altogether, the eight wall prototypes will cost $3.6 million and will be built in San Diego, probably this fall.

Trump said during the campaign he envisioned the wall would be made of concrete.

The fate of building a larger wall when a design or designs are chosen is up in the air, with strong Congressional opposition from Democrats and some Republicans to spending any money on a wall running along hundreds of miles or more of the border.

That brings the total number of companies involved to six, because Caddell and WG Yates were also selected to build concrete prototypes. KWR Construction General Manager Al Anderson said in April that the company has faced backlash for its work on border projects in the past, including crews on site having rocks thrown at them from the Mexican side of the border.

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