Tag Archives: border wall

Experts: Privately-Funded Border Wall Is Falling Down

ProPublica reports: Tommy Fisher billed his new privately funded border wall as the future of deterrence, a quick-to-build steel fortress that spans 3 miles in one of the busiest Border Patrol sectors. Unlike a generation of wall builders before him, he said he figured out how to build a structure directly on the banks of the Rio Grande, a risky …

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COURT: Trump Illegally Used Pentagon Funds For Wall

The Hill reports: A federal appeals court in California on Friday ruled that the Trump administration’s use of Pentagon funding to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was illegal. In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that Trump’s diversion of defense, military and other funding — billions of dollars that were not originally earmarked for …

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Trump Sycophant Lands Largest Wall Contract Ever

The Washington Post reports: A North Dakota construction firm that has received backing from President Trump has now secured the largest border wall contract ever awarded, a $1.3 billion deal to build 42 miles of black-painted fencing through the rugged mountains of southern Arizona. The company that won the contract, Fisher Sand and Gravel, has been repeatedly lauded by the …

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MAGA Firm Gets $7.6M Contract For 800 Feet Of Wall

The Daily Beast reports: Last Wednesday, while the country strained under a nationwide lockdown, the Army Corps of Engineers found time to award another border-wall contract to a company Trump personally championed—even as it’s under investigation by the Defense Department inspector general. Specifically, Fisher on Apr. 15 got $7,633,085 to build a mere “800 linear feet” of bollard barrier—that slatted …

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CA Leads 19 States In Wall Funding Suit Against Trump

Just in via press release: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today led a coalition of 19 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s illegal diversion of $3.8 billion in taxpayer dollars for the construction of an unauthorized wall along the US-Mexico border. For the second consecutive fiscal year, the Trump Administration has circumvented the will of Congress …

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Warren Bill Would Move Wall Money To Virus Battle

Via press release from the Warren campaign: Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, today unveiled legislation, the Prioritizing Pandemic Prevention Act, requiring all funds that have been appropriated to build a border wall-including funds directly appropriated by Congress and funds diverted by the executive …

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Congress Warns Pentagon: Don’t Move Money To Wall

The Associated Press reports: Lawmakers from both parties told Pentagon leaders on Wednesday that the Defense Department is undermining its own efforts to get military money by diverting billions of dollars for the construction of President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and the committee’s top Republican warned Defense Secretary Mark Esper that …

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DHS Waives Contracting Laws To Speed Border Wall

The Associated Press reports: The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security said waiving procurement regulations will allow 177 miles (283 kilometers) of wall to be built more quickly in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The 10 waived laws include …

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Smugglers Thwart Trump’s Border Wall With $5 Ladder

The El Paso Times reports: Perhaps the quickest way around a billion-dollar wall is over it. Smugglers in Juárez have engineered camouflage hook-and-ladders made of rebar that blend in so well with the border wall that it can be hard to detect, according to U.S. Border Patrol. The ladders are the same rust brown color as the mesh panels or …

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Pentagon Transfers $3.8 Billion To Trump’s Border Wall

The Hill reports: The Pentagon is moving $3.8 billion from various weapons programs such as the F-35 fighter jet to pay for President Trump’s southern border wall, according to a notice sent to Congress on Thursday. The notice sent to Congress said the money is going toward the “support of higher priority items” and is “required to provide support for …

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Border Wall Crew Blasts Sacred Native American Site

The Arizona Republic reports: The contractor that is building President Donald Trump’s border wall in southwestern Arizona began blasting this week through a site that the Native American O’odham people consider sacred to make way for newer, taller barriers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed the contractor started blasting through the site called Monument Hill at Organ Pipe Cactus National …

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Trump’s Wall Requires Hundreds Of Gates That Must Be Left Open At Times Or Flash Floods Will Knock It Down

This morning it was storm winds, now it’s storm water: President Trump’s border wall likely will require the installation of hundreds of storm gates to prevent flash floods from undermining or knocking it over, gates that must be left open for months every summer during “monsoon season” in the desert, according to U.S. border officials, agents and engineers familiar with …

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Wind Blows Down Section Of Trump’s Border Wall

CNN reports: Newly installed panels from the US border wall fell over in high winds Wednesday, landing on trees on the Mexican side of the border. The area is part of an ongoing construction project to improve existing sections of the wall. Agent Carlos Pitones of the Customs and Border Protection sector in El Centro, California, told CNN that the …

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Trump To Divert $7.2 Billion In Pentagon Funds To Wall

The Washington Post reports: President Trump is preparing to divert an additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funding for border wall construction this year, five times what Congress authorized him to spend on the project in the 2020 budget, according to internal planning figures obtained by The Washington Post. The Pentagon funds would be extracted, for the second year in a row, …

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Border Chief Dodgy On Fulfilling Trump’s Wall Promise

The New York Times reports that Trump officials remain vague about fulfilling his oft-repeated promise to complete 450 miles of new wall by 2021: The administration has thus far built only 93 miles of the new wall, nearly all of it on federal land where dilapidated barriers existed or vehicle barriers once stood, according to Customs and Border Protection. The …

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Federal Judge Blocks Military Funds For Border Wall

The Washington Post reports: A federal judge in El Paso on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration’s plan to pay for border barrier construction with $3.6 billion in military funds, ruling that the administration does not have the authority to divert money appropriated by Congress for a different purpose. The Trump administration was planning to use those funds to build 175 …

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Private Border Wall Group Defies Court Order To Cease

The Guardian reports: The construction of a private border wall partially funded by rightwing allies of Donald Trump continued with vigor in south Texas this week, seemingly in blatant violation of a court injunction ordering work to be suspended. On Thursday and Friday, within three days of a temporary restraining order being issued, the Guardian found construction crews with at …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Men Climb “Unclimbable” Border Wall

The Desert Sun reports: A video taken by a Mexican citizen shows the newly replaced border fence in Mexicali being scaled by two men with a rope ladder, one of whom makes it over to the United States. The 38-second video shows a pair of men climbing the ladder while another holds it on the Mexico side of the border. …

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Trump Puts Jared Kushner In Charge Of Seizing Private Property Needed To Construct Border Wall Sections

The Washington Post reports: President Trump has made his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the de facto project manager for constructing his border wall, frustrated with a lack of progress over one of his top priorities as he heads into a tough reelection campaign, according to current and former administration officials. The president’s son-in-law and senior adviser is pressing U.S. Customs and …

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Trump Admin To Live-Stream Border Wall Construction

The Washington Post reports: Jared Kushner and other senior Trump administration officials are planning to set up web cameras to live-stream construction of President Trump’s border wall, going against objections from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, according to four people familiar with the White House proposal. “There will be a wall …

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