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Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

CBP Announces Contract Awards for 'Other Materials' Border Wall Prototypes

CBP Announces Contract Awards for 'Other Materials' Border Wall Prototypes

In early August, DHS announced that it would waive environmental and other regulations to try to "ensure expeditious construction of barriers and roads" near the U.S. -Mexico border south of San Diego, where the agency is planning to build its prototypes for the border wall.

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.

CBP will be meeting with the companies to determine the timeline for construction but it is expected to begin in the fall.

A year later, when JR was scouting for the flawless spot for his project, he noticed a house in Tecate near the border wall.

Democrats have said they will oppose any bill that includes a penny for the wall.

The contracts are only for prototype construction, for which Congress has appropriated $20 million.

According to a report from NPR, the Department of Homeland Security has estimated the cost of the wall at $21 billion.

Despite the progress on the contracts, environmental groups continue to push back against the project, which they charge will harm plants and animals in the border region. She said the town is abuzz about the artwork.

Brian Segee, a senior attorney for the center, said in prepared statement that the use of waivers by DHS shows a "dangerous disregard" for the environment. "What's to stop him from using this lawless approach to wreck wildlife refuges and handsome public lands all along the border?" JR said. "At one year old, you don't see the border or which side is better".

The winners were four companies, none from San Diego.

The four companies announced Thursday are Caddell Construction Co. of Montgomery, Alabama; KWR Construction Inc. of Sierra Vista, Arizona; ELTA North America Inc. of Annapolis Junction, Maryland; and W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Company of Philadelphia, Mississippi. 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. "Like for us we know all the implications, what it represents, how it divides, but for a kid, I didn't have the answer", he said, Associated Press reported.

That brings the total number of companies involved to six, because Caddell and WG Yates were also selected to build concrete prototypes.

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