Potential bidders on the President’s border wall asked the new administration if authorities would protect workers in case of a “hostile attack”. Contractors also want to know if employees will be allowed to carry firearms even in states where there are strict gun laws.
The bids on the first design contracts are due this week, and companies are getting ready for the worst.
U.S. Taxpayers Will Likely Pay for the Border Wall
An official briefed on the matter who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity said that there are ten bidders, but only four will get the first contracts. The initial portion of the wall will stretch a quarter mile on federally land around 120 feet away from the border in San Diego. Each of the four contracts is expected to cost the U.S. government from $200,000 to $500,000.
The final project, however, is projected to counter stiff resistance on Capitol Hill because of the funding.
On the campaign trail, Trump promised to force Mexico to pay for the wall, but the U.S. neighbor repeatedly refused to do it. In the meantime, the Trump administration urged Congress to unlock billions of tax dollars to help fund the construction. Democrats though are staunchly opposing the wall funding.
The Border Patrol said that they’d cooperate with local authorities to set a buffer zone to protect the construction site in case of violent attacks. On Monday, the San Diego police and other law enforcement agencies said they would allow peaceful protesters in the area and respect their freedom of speech.
Border Angels said that they’d protest and hold prayer vigils on both sides of the construction.
Border Wall Contractors Received Death Threats
A spokesperson for The Penna Group LLC, a Texas-based contractor, said the company’s CEO received multiple death threats after the firm announced its interest in bidding. A woman told the CEO she had hired a private investigator to keep an eye on him.
The company said they got involved in the project because the top management seeks a broad immigration reform. The group thinks that a secure border would mean a path to citizenship to millions of illegals in the U.S.
Trump pledged to build a ‘great, great wall’ along the country’s southern border during the presidential campaign. However, the multi-billion-dollar project has many critics both in the U.S. and Mexico. For instance, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico told potential Mexican bidders to the project that they would be betraying their country if they do it.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed that multiple contractors would get to build the prototypes starting June 1, when the agency will name only the winners. Each prototype will be 30 feet long and 30 feet high.
The CBP said that each winning bidder would have to prepare for a “hostile attack” by having evacuation routines, medical staff, security personnel, and a mustering point. The agency declined to provide on-site security.
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