Pentagon offers USD 787 million to construct US-Mexico border wall

Washington DC, May 16: The US defense department has on Wednesday said it awarded over USD 787 million to two constructive companies to construct a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

In a press release, the department stated, “Southwest Vally Constructors of Albuquerque, New Mexico was awarded a $646,000,000 … a contract for design and build of Tucson (Arizona) Sector barrier wall.”

The other building firm, BFBC LLC, was awarded around USD 142 million to build and design pedestrian, including vehicle barriers in American cities of Yuma and El Centro, according to Sputnik news agency, according to ANI news reports.

It is necessary to mention the defense department has recognized some four sectors along the US southern border – El Paso, El Centro, Tucson, and Yuma – that requires reinforcement through barriers.

The Pentagon, last week, approved the transfer of around 1.5 billion to construct over 130 km (80 miles) long border wall.

The US-Mexico border wall is one of the long-standing promises that President Donald Trump had made during his 2016 presidential election campaign. In fact, the US president declared a state of national emergency in order to bypass the US Congress and to fulfill his long-standing border wall demand.

Trump, while defending his move, asserted he was left with “no choice” but to use his national emergency powers in order to put an end to illegal immigrants spreading drugs and crimes. However, the move was strongly condemned by the Democrats, describing it as “unlawful”.

 

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