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Border Wall

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Customs and Border Protection announced a $289,500,000 contract for 17 more miles of border wall construction in the Laredo area on Monday.

It was awarded to the North Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel Company for construction along the Rio Grande in Webb County. The company, whose trade name is Fisher Industries, built a privately-funded border wall in Mission, Texas. 

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The Trump administration has been taking landowners in Webb and Zapata counties to court to survey their land for border wall construction. But some are pushing back on the grounds that they’re not receiving fair compensation.

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The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped the Trump administration’s push for a border wall in South Texas. But it also didn’t stop residents of Webb and Zapata counties from protesting against the efforts.

The federal government is planning to put 69 miles of its massive border wall along the river in Texas' Webb and Zapata counties. When it became clear that the imposing barrier would plow through the center of the proud city of Laredo, a remarkably diverse coalition of wall-haters assembled to fight it.

Folks in black "No Border Wall" T-shirts marched in the streets earlier this year. They share their movement with sedate bankers in starched, white shirts and gray suits who are just as passionate.

Nayda Alvarez ha luchado por mas de un ano contra la construccion del muro en la frontera que se espera que atraviese su propiedad.

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Esta noticia fue actualizada el 1 de mayo con las declaraciones de la Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos.

Mientras gran parte del país ha estado encerrado debido al coronavirus, el Presidente Trump continuó con la construcción del muro. 

Nayda Alvarez has been fighting border wall construction that is expected to cut through her property for more than a year now.
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This story was updated on May 1 with statements from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

While much of the country has been on lockdown because of the coronavirus, construction of President Trump's border wall has continued.

Democrats on Capitol Hill have called for a full-stop on construction. But the administration has accelerated some efforts to build the wall, and Trump is using the pandemic to justify his push for it.

A visit to the now-defunct Fort Brown Memorial Golf Course in Brownsville, Texas, is a cautionary tale of how Trump's border wall can create dead zones. The clubhouse is shuttered, par signs are fading and the once-manicured greens are fields of weeds.

In 2008, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, working with the University of Texas at Brownsville, built a security fence on the southern edge of the campus that effectively walled off the popular golf course from the rest of the city.

From Texas Standard:

The National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, is well-known for its fight against President Donald Trump's border wall. The government had planned to build the wall along the habitat, which is a sensitive space for butterflies that are important pollinators. But that's not the only environmentally sensitive area along the border that could be affected by wall construction.

From Texas Standard:

In 2019, the U.S.-Mexico border topped the news, in part, because of the promise that President Donald Trump had made to build a wall along it. While Trump's border wall continues to be a popular topic today, the construction of barriers along the border is nothing new.

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A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from using $3.6 billion in Pentagon funds to pay for the construction of a wall on the southern border.