A handful of people are angry that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are about to break ground on a wall system approved by congress last March. However, many more residents living along the border have been vocal about their support of a barrier that would keep illegal criminals off their land.
The government is preparing construction of border ‘barriers’ and fencing in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, and reports indicate the wall will be built on parts of a federally owned wildlife property.
“Heavy construction equipment was expected to arrive starting Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. A photo posted by the nonprofit National Butterfly Center shows an excavator parked next to its property.
“Congress last March approved more than $600 million for 33 miles (53 kilometers) of new barriers in the Rio Grande Valley. While President Donald Trump and top Democrats remain in a standoff over Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion in border wall funding, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has pushed ahead with building what’s already funded.”
CBP refers to the project as a “border wall system.”
“According to designs it released in September, CBP intends to build 25 miles (40 kilometers) of concrete walls to the height of the existing flood-control levee in Hidalgo County next to the Rio Grande, the river that forms the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.
“On top of the concrete walls, CBP will install 18-foot (5.5-meter) steel posts and clear a 150-foot (45-meter) enforcement zone in front.”
Such a barrier has enraged leftists who claim it will harm the ‘refuge.’
CBP said in its statement that it intends to start construction on federally owned land, but did not indicate exactly where. Environmentalists claim it will be in the refuge, which consists of a ‘corridor’ for wildlife.
A coalition of environmental groups has sued DHS over its use of waivers, and Congress last March required CBP not to build in the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. However, lawmakers did not exempt the Lower Rio Grande Valley refuge.
The National Butterfly Center released the text of an email sent by Cliff Stevens, an attorney from the U.S. Department of Justice that explains construction will begin in mid-February “on federally owned land east of Bentsen State Park.”
The butterfly group plans to bring legal action to stop the lawfully passed move.
Many people are thrilled that at least a partial wall will begin construction soon. And, given the incredible number of promises kept by the president, expect this one to be fulfilled as well.