The Department of Homeland Security announced on Thursday which vendors have been selected to build some prototypes for President Donald Trump’s promised US-Mexico border wall, a step forward for the project after months of delays.
The four companies named to build were:
- Caddell Construction Co, Alabama
- Fisher Sand & Gravel Co, Arizona
- Texas Sterling Construction Co, Texas
- W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Company, Mississippi.
The four concrete prototypes will be 30ft (9m) long and up to 30ft tall, and will be built in the coming months with the contracts worth up to $500,000 (£387,000) each.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) who are overall responsible for installation of the wall said:
“The new designs would be added to our menu of existing designs, and allow us to tailor a specific wall design to the unique demands of individual areas of the border.”
Despite America being in the middle of a natural disaster where thousands upon thousands of its citizens have lost their homes Donald Trump still seems to think it more important to direct funds towards building a wall.
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) August 31, 2017
Trump has promised billions to help Texas rebuild from Hurricane Harvey, but his Republican allies in the House are looking at cutting almost $1 billion from disaster accounts to help finance the president’s border wall.
The pending reduction to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster relief account is part of a spending bill that the House is scheduled to consider next week when Congress returns from its August recess.
The $876 million cut, part of the 1,305-page measure’s homeland security section, pays for roughly half the cost of Trump’s down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.