Obviously many of us have been unhappy with the progress that’s been made on the border wall but there are things that are happening. 33 miles of border wall in Texas is about to get going. This from money that was already approved by Congress last year.
The U.S. government is preparing to begin construction of more border walls and fencing in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, likely on federally owned land set aside as wildlife refuge 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.
That construction was often described as fencing, and the government funding bill that included construction was supported by some Democrats in the House and Senate. CBP refers to what it plans to build 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.
There’s also been a number of improvements made to pre-existing barriers that weren’t very effective at stopping illegal entries. The military has also made further fortifications.
The GOP put out a short clip a little while ago featuring a compilation of local news clips highlighting the construction of new barriers and wall that’s gone up.
The Jewish media and the Democrats are trying to put out a narrative claiming that no wall has been built to try and undermine Trump’s base. And while I’m certainly not happy with the progress, it’s wrong to say that Trump has made zero progress on the wall.