An immigration enforcement advocacy organization is pleased that the U.S. government is moving forward with a major border wall construction project in a very heavily trafficked corrido.
Over the weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded three contracts worth nearly $813 million for the construction of about 65 miles of new border wall along the lower Rio Grande in South Texas. The project involving two contractors will get under way early next year, in an area where no barriers currently exist and about 40 percent of immigrant apprehensions occur.
Dave Ray is a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
"The Rio Grande Valley, where most of this new wall will be built, remains a hot bed for illegal immigration and political asylum abuse," he describes. "These walls will help protect public safety and discourage further illegal immigration in what continues to be a hot bed of illegal immigration."
Ray explains that a border wall is an essential component to a holistic approach to illegal immigration. "That also includes lots of staffing on the border, interior enforcement, sanctions against employers who hire illegal immigration, and mandatory E-Verify," he tells OneNewsNow.
The wall projects are to include steel walls 18-to-30 feet in height, all-weather roads, lighting, security cameras, and other technology in 19 separate segments in three border counties: Starr, Hidalgo, and Cameron.
No wall construction will occur in several "environmentally sensitive" locations in those counties, including the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, La Lomita Historical Park, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, within or east of the Vista del Mar Ranch tract of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, or the National Butterfly Center.