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HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government has awarded a $167 million contract to build 8 miles (13 kilometers) of border wall in south Texas.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the contract Wednesday. Construction will begin in February. CBP already announced a $145 million award for another 6 miles (10 kilometers) in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.

Galveston, Texas-based construction firm SLSCO won both contracts.

CBP says it plans to install fence posts on the levee north of the Rio Grande, the river that separates the U.S. and Mexico in Texas, as well as lighting, patrol roads, and the clearing of vegetation.

Environmental advocates warn that construction will damage sensitive areas and endanger wildlife.

President Donald Trump has made the border wall a priority, promising during his campaign that Mexico would pay for it.

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3 thoughts on “US Awards Second Border Wall Contract In Texas

  1. Renee Cooper on said:

    Ok so they have been awarded the contract. Who is paying for this wall? Mexico has made it abundantly clear they ARE NOT! As a tax payer, I do not want my tax dollars paying for a wall, when there are so many other issues that we need to address in this country–Like a comprehensive gun violence deterrent program, a proper education for our youth & competitive pay for our educators, Job programs as an alternative to violence. The wall was never my priority. Since I vote, I will be calling My congress person to ask…Who is paying for this wall? See how that process works….

  2. Mac Daddy on said:

    God bless President Trump for keeping his promise to build the wall and protect the citizens of the USA. Gentrification starts with the purge of the undesirables first

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