Feds Award Company $145M Border Wall Contract

The 18-foot tall barrier will span 6 miles in the Rio Grande Valley
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2018 4:30 PM CST
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Razor wire recently placed by US military along the banks of the Rio Grande near the US-Mexico border.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – A Texas company has become the recipient of a US-Mexico border wall contract as federal authorities fulfill President Trump's first and most contentious campaign promise. Per CBS News, US Customs and Border Protection said Friday that the $145 million contract was awarded to Galveston-headquartered construction company SLSCO. The wall will be built of reinforced concrete and reportedly stand at 18 feet tall and span six miles of border in the Rio Grande Valley.

The wall will be the first built under Trump in the Rio Grande Valley, a hot spot for illegal border crossings. According to the Dallas News, SLSCO will begin construction in February. A similar project was previously undertaken at California's border with Mexico, where two miles of 30-foot-high fencing were recently completed. SLSCO will reportedly also add to existing fencing as part of its contract. (Meanwhile, staffers at an Idaho school recently dressed up for Halloween as "stereotypical" Mexicans with a cardboard border wall.)

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