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The Pentagon announced that the first of contracts to build the border wall proposed by President Donald Trump have been awarded and construction will begin shortly.

And it’s almost one billion in funding so far.

The announcement named SLSCO Ltd., a company from Galveston, Texas, as the major recipient of $789 million for the construction of “border replacement wall” in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The contract is to be completed by October 2020.

Barnard Construction Company from Montana was also awarded $187 million by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct “primary pedestrian wall replacement” in Yuma, Arizona. That project is also estimated to be completed by October 2020.

A spokesman for the Department of Defense told The Hill in a statement that “30-foot bollard fencing and a five-foot anti-climb plate” would be constructed in the Santa Teresa contract. For the Yuma contract, “18-foot bollard fencing and a five-foot anti-climb plate” would be constructed.

The construction would be the first since Trump announced the declaration of a national emergency at the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Many of his critics have decried the action as unconstitutional since he admitted that he was only doing so in order to avoid the opposition from Congress.

The president had threatened to shut down the border to trade in order to force Mexico to do more to stop illegal immigrants from attempting entry into the U.S., but he later backed off on the threat.

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36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. Debbie

    April 10, 2019 at 9:53 am

    I’m happy this is been approved. There’s NO reason to NOT Build The WaLL! It cost WaY More to support the ILLEGALS than to Build The WaLL. Look at ALL the Diseases that are NoW being brought to the USA. So far their in the illegal migrant loving states. I HopE Perosi catches something! Way to go Pentagon!

    • pat

      April 10, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      In King Country Wa. there is a possible 1,200 students that have been exposed to Hepatitis. A, B and HIV. They are saying it is from instrument’s not sterilized enough at the 12 schools dental program. To me while this is a problem, I am more concerned about who these children with these diseases are and are they citizen’s or illegal aliens.

  2. Sharon L

    April 10, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Way to go! Build that wall!

  3. Milissa

    April 10, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Why wasn’t this getting done in the first 2 years Paul Ryan?

    • Big Montana

      April 10, 2019 at 10:42 am

      I agree Melissa, why indeed —- only I would go back to 20 years ago and ask why not then or even earlier. Our Nation was not represented or misrepresented and even lied to, in fact I believe the deep States one world agenda goes way beyond even the last 20 years.

      • Kathryn Lycksell

        April 11, 2019 at 5:55 am

        You right it goes way back to 1933 with Franklin D. Roosevelt, but our corrupt banking system goes back to Wilson who term was 1913-1921. Every war we’ve ever been in was contrived other than the Barbary Coast War were the shipping lane was attacked (you guessed it by Muslims). You’ve heard how they remove heads, that’s were the term “Leather Necks” came from. A leather neck piece was made to fix the neck and protect it. They were big on swords in those days.

    • Hairless

      April 10, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      Because he had keep his Democrat wife, who had been an attorney for the Clinton Foundation, happy!

  4. N

    April 10, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Keep up the great work President Trump! The best President ever! Not to mention the first lady she’s the best too! Now that America is great again, let’s keep it that way! Trump 2020!

    • Dean Perry

      April 10, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      The best First Lady is one you’ve NAKED?????

      • Michael

        April 10, 2019 at 6:13 pm

        One you’ve naked? Can’t even right grammatically correct sentences any more, can you? Shut the fuck up with your pathetic attempts at insults, loser! Is the fact that Melania is beautiful supposed to somehow be an insult to her intelligence? Because last I checked, she speaks 5 languages, while you can’t eve speak one, as is evidenced by the fragment of a sentence you left above. Boy, you must really be going out of your mind. First it was Trump will never be president. Then it was Trump’s days are numbered…MAGA – Mueller Ain’t Going Anywhere. Then it was the wall will never be built. Are you getting tired of making a complete ass of yourself yet. You must be getting obese from all the words you’ve had to eat.

        • Michael

          April 10, 2019 at 6:16 pm

          Meant to say can’t even write grammatically correct sentences any more. See Dean, your stupidity is contagious. Anyone who reads your dumb-ass comments becomes temporarily dumber. Please stop infecting others with your idiocy.

      • Ed

        April 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

        Man, I’ve never NAKED her …where have you been spending your time?

  5. Bill Van Dam

    April 10, 2019 at 10:20 am

    They’re coming in like a colony of ants, the wall is going to take wayyy too long. Trump needs to pull the same stunts Obozo did and ignore the courts, send them back upon catching them coming in. Far too many have crossed into our country already, we don’t have the room for these or the million others that will be coming in before the wall is built. Something MUST be done now. Once here, it’s going to be very difficult to find them to send them packing. I have donated $600.00 for the “GoFundMe” towards the wall, it’s not much, but better than nothing.

    • RockyMtn1776

      April 10, 2019 at 12:42 pm

      The US has become like a roach motel pestilence trap. Once in they never get out ! Why leave when you get “free everything” plus a chance to get the entire family over here using chain migration or close enough to our border to file for amnesty. We have been sold out by both political parties on the immigration issue. Our last 5 Presidents refused to enforce our immigration laws and Americans didn’t care. Most still either don’t know or care.
      Government is NOT going to stop the tsunami of illegals pouring in ! It’s going to take citizens to save what’s left of our nation if anything is to be done at all. Don’t hold your breath waiting for this to take place. I’m not taking any bets either way.

    • JD

      April 10, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      He should sign an EO for mandatory e-verify. Stop the jobs magnet and they won’t come. Pretty simple solution.

  6. connie

    April 10, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Hope we can get all the wall built without the help with the worthless dem’s in Congress ! Wish we could kick all of them out and start over with honest Dem’s

    • TOM DUNNE

      April 10, 2019 at 10:41 am

      there are no honest dems.

    • Carol

      April 10, 2019 at 11:35 am

      We can, vote in the primary. Don’t blow these election off. Vote old Nancy out. She has Alzheimer and will not work with anyone .

    • Terrence Martin King

      April 10, 2019 at 12:16 pm

      THERE ARE NO HONEST DEMONCRATS

    • Donna Dow

      April 10, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      Connie……. kick all Dems out and start over with honest Dems. Really…. is there such a thing as a honest dem???

    • Hubert Webb

      April 12, 2019 at 4:17 pm

      You mean worthless , hateful, racist, stupid, brain dead, Godless Democrats don’t you? LOL.

  7. Mary Johnson

    April 10, 2019 at 10:56 am

    It should have been done this way from the start. It falls under national security.

  8. Irma Laha

    April 10, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Please start in Texas, that is where they are all coming in!!

  9. Joseph Kempski

    April 10, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Good build the wall

  10. Jim Mackey

    April 10, 2019 at 11:33 am

    It calls this “replacement” wall. So is this not new construction? The CBP has stated several corridors with no wall in desperate need of it. When is that being constructed?

    • ProudHillbilly

      April 10, 2019 at 1:26 pm

      Could it be replacement for the standard, basically yard, fencing that’s in some places?

  11. Mike

    April 10, 2019 at 11:35 am

    It’s the job of the military to protect this country and that includes our own border. Build the wall long and high . . .

    If necessary, close the Mexican border.

  12. Michael

    April 10, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Yes,,,in the past two years the Republicans are just as much to blame as the Democrats for not solving the border and immigration problems. The American People Has Had Enough Of The Bickering going on in our Government and are demanding that the problems be resolved. Because when election 2020 rolls around We The People Will Have The Final Say Then. And There Will Be Changes Made!

  13. Marlene deRonde

    April 10, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Build that Walk, Strong and Tall-!!! And then think about the Canadian border. Muslims crossing took over Deerborn, Michigan.

  14. Ron A

    April 10, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Thank God, Build the biggest Wall in the world, Thank You Mr President.

  15. Frank Campo

    April 10, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Build the wall or shoot them as they cross the border. Either one works.

  16. MAGA

    April 10, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    My city is getting overrun with these illegals. Our mall is almost 1 illegal to 1 American. And I expect it to become more illegals than Americans. This is getting ridiculous. American go to jail everyday and the illegals are released when they go before a judge. Told to come back and they never do and the police do not look for them. They DO NOT want them to come back. But they damn sure will prosecute an American.

  17. Gordon

    April 10, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Keep on Trumpin’

  18. Paula Blissett

    April 10, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Yesssssss, you go TRUMP! VOTE TRUMP 20/20! And yes, until the particulars on The Wall get straightened out, Shoot those dirty, leaches, disease infested, Sons Of Bitches, as they try to cross the borders… Someone mentioned Dear Borne Michigan, totally Muslim, where i’am living, the town i came from, is now called Chicano Heights, Mexican mostly now and run down, it was once a very beautiful town, so sad…. Chicago south suburb, and the rest of the burbs, are being ruined as well!

  19. Jon Wisdom

    April 10, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    We just got word to be on the lookout for a large number of illegals who are in a gang committing numerous crimes. We really need this wall. Tell pelosi and chuckie to shove it – we need help at the border.

  20. neo

    April 12, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Promises made promises fulfilled.

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