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The United States government is beginning work on a stretch of border wall in south Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, according to the Associated Press, even though Republicans and Democrats are still at an impasse over whether to continue funding the full border wall project.

Construction equipment “began to arrive on Monday,” according to reports, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have begun staging the equipment along the 33-mile stretch marked for building and improvements.

The areas of border wall now under construction are already funded, but only to the tune of about $600 million. The United States government awarded the contract to build the Rio Grande section of border wall back in November of last year to a Galveston, Texas, company that won a contest hosted by the Department of Homeland Security. They’ll build approximately 8 miles of border wall first, at a cost of around $167 million, and then move on to a more permanent concrete barrier in late February.

U.S. News and World Report says that Customs and Border Protection plans to build a customized “border wall system” on the stretch of land, including around 25 miles of concrete border wall topped with 18-foot-high steel posts and a 150-foot “enforcement zone” in front.

Construction will also include capital improvements to the Rio Grande levee system that runs along the river on the Texas side of the border, according to plans released by CBP late last year.

The project won’t be easy. Aside from the basic concerns of construction — and concerns over whether the “border wall system” will work to prevent illegal immigrants from crossing into south Texas, and specifically Hidalgo County, the new section of fencing will cut through the National Butterfly Center and the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, a “corridor” for migrating endangered species and other wildlife.

The North American Butterfly Association, which owns and operates the National Butterfly Center, recently filed suit to enjoin the border wall project, claiming the wall would cut NABA off from around two-thirds of the butterfly refuge, imperiling its mission to “conserve butterflies and their habitats.”

The group has also pledged to “tear down” the wall if they win their lawsuit after the project is completed.

Preliminary work on President Donald Trump’s border wall project is beginning in other areas of the country as well. Even as Democrats refuse to come to the bargaining table on the next round of border wall funding — a grant of approximately $5.7 billion to the Department of Homeland Security which should have been included in Congress’ fiscal year 2019 budget — the Government Accountability Office is readying studies on several border wall prototypes built in the California desert at the request of the Trump Administration.

Arizona also received new razor wire barriers this week along a stretch of border wall near Nogales.

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18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Dean Perry

    February 8, 2019 at 1:48 am

    I’ll never be built….

    • Michael

      February 8, 2019 at 2:01 am

      Maybe you won’t, but the wall will.

    • sharon steiner

      February 8, 2019 at 2:11 am

      perry is a moron… it is already being built !!!!! Thank you God for our President Trump !!!!

    • Wilson

      February 8, 2019 at 3:16 am

      And dean will never be a man either, we all know about the pink hat dean.

      • Patricia Colquitt

        February 8, 2019 at 5:27 am

        SOY BOY?

  2. Sharon Nye

    February 8, 2019 at 1:52 am

    What! Butterflies are possibly holding the wall up. What a crock. Let them flutter to Mexico.My God this country is nuts!!!!

    • Alright Already

      February 8, 2019 at 7:56 am

      Yes, bleeding heart liberals care more about butterflies than people dying of drug overdoses or girls & women getting raped, beaten & murdered. Democrats have REALLY gone over the deep end!!! Ugh.

    • Al

      February 8, 2019 at 10:18 pm

      Yep! It’s either spiders, caterpillars, tiny frogs, or teenie fish in CA to stop agriculture. Now, it’s some Brownie leader chasing butterflies.

  3. Shari Early

    February 8, 2019 at 2:35 am

    Last I checked butterflies can go over a wall…

  4. RAY SAY

    February 8, 2019 at 3:02 am

    I wouldn’t try to tear down the Wall, the anger of the Patriots would tear down your house with you in it

  5. Diana

    February 8, 2019 at 4:40 am

    The wall will be built and the butterflies will be just fine.

  6. Rebecca Holstine

    February 8, 2019 at 5:45 am

    Let Dean Perry cry in his soy milk when he finally understands the wall IS being built and will continue to be built. It hasn’t penetrated his bone head yet, that this President does what he says he would do. I know that is a novel idea, but one I could learn to love very quickly. Trump 2020

  7. William

    February 8, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Fuck the butterflies!!!!

  8. becky aheren

    February 8, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Its a wall with slats, the butterflies, can fly through the slats, so their argument is nothing.

  9. Joseph A Midona

    February 8, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    BUILD THAT WALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Mary Johnson

    February 8, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    It is about time. President Trump use your Commander and Chief power and take it out of the Democrats hands. We pay the military any way so lets put them to use.

  11. patroklos

    February 10, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Trump says you have to see through the wall so how can it be made of concrete? Because you can’t see through concrete. There are not enough pesos in the world to buy invisible concrete. Mexico gonna pay for the wall. GIVE ME DA PESOS for the SEE THROUGH WALL BITCH.

  12. Mark Terzano

    February 16, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Butterflies?!!! The height of the fence has nothing to do with it. Just stupidity.

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