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U.S. Customs And Border Protection Is Already Building Prototypes Of The U.S.-Mexico Wall In San Diego

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In the middle of rescue efforts in Texas and the forthcoming decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the White House is charging full steam ahead with their proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that prototypes of the proposed U.S.-Mexico wall will be built in San Diego.

Contractors have been bidding to work with the White House on the proposed wall since March. Some received death threats. Border officials announced yesterday that four companies were awarded contracts to construct prototypes of the border wall:

Caddell Construction Co. in Montgomery, Alabama

Fisher Sand & Gravel Co. DBA Fisher Industries, in Tempe, Arizona

Texas Sterling Construction Co., in Houston, Texas

W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Company, in Philadelphia, Mississippi

CNN reports that each award will be worth roughly $400,000 to $500,000.

According to journalist Aura Bogado, one of the companies had to pay $2 million for criminal fraud in 2012.

In 2012, the Department of Justice ordered Caddell Construction Co. to pay $2 million because the company overstated “developmental assistance provided to a disadvantaged small business as part of a Department of Defense (DoD) program.” Essentially, they billed the government for more money than they deserved while providing assistance to a small business that they partnered with in a federal program.

Here’s one prototype of the border wall.

The CBP explained how the wall will be constructed:

“These concrete prototypes will serve two important ends. First, given their robust physical characteristics, like, reinforced concrete, between 18-30 feet high, the concrete border wall prototypes are designed to deter illegal crossings in the area in which they are constructed.”

“Second, the concrete border wall prototypes will allow CBP to evaluate the potential for new wall and barrier designs that could complement the wall and barrier designs we have used along the border over the last several years. As the border security environment continues to evolve, CBP will continually refresh its own inventory of tools to meet that evolution.”

You may be wondering at this point who is going to pay for all of this.

Mexico has already said they’re not paying for the wall.

Last week in Arizona, Trump basically said that if the government didn’t approve funding for the wall, he’d “shut it down.”

But Hurricane Harvey has changed everything. The government cannot shut down, especially when government workers are working on rescue and relief efforts. Something has got to give, because Trump said, “One way or the other, we’re going to get that wall.” That money has to come from somewhere.

Trump needs billions to fund the wall, and that money could come out of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) fund.

When Congress resumes next week after their month-long break, the final budget will get sorted out. If there’s no conclusion met, there may be a shutdown. If they do reach a consensus over the funds for the wall, it will come out of the FEMA fund.

That means those people suffering in Houston will have their resources from their recovery taken away in order to pay for the wall.

READ: Kat Von D Is Using Her Immigration Story To Take A Stand Against Trump’s Border Wall

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With His Deadline Approaching, Trump Is Being Forced To Announce His Decision On DACA On Tuesday

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With His Deadline Approaching, Trump Is Being Forced To Announce His Decision On DACA On Tuesday

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On Friday, the White House announced that President Trump will make his announcement on whether to or not to end DACA on Tuesday.

There has been a lot of concern about the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive order signed by President Obama in 2012. The program provides work permits to hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the country as undocumented minors and shields them from deportation.

The reason for DACA’s uncertain fate comes as the result of a lawsuit brought forth by 25 states against Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), which provided deportation relief to undocumented parents of American citizens or permanent legal residents. President Trump rescinded DAPA, another Obama executive order that was tied up in court.

After DAPA was rescinded, 10 states, led by Texas, told Trump that he needed to rescind DACA on his own accord by Sept. 5 (Tuesday) or the lawsuit would be tailored to take on DACA. Former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly, alerted Congress to the ultimatum and warned that DACA would not survive a constitutional challenge.

Fox News reported earlier this week that a senior official in the White House said Trump will be ending DACA as it exists and that the decision could come as early as Sept. 1. However, White HOuse Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed in a press briefing today that the decision by the president would be coming on Tuesday, the deadline given by the states threatening a lawsuit.

“The president’s priorities on immigration are to create a system that encourages legal immigration and benefits our economy and American workers,” Sanders said in the press briefing. “The president has been very clear. He loves people and he wants to make sure that this decision’s done correctly.”


READ: DACA Has Made It Possible For 800k Young People To Work Legally In America. Today People Fight To Protect It

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