US awards Texas border wall contracts worth USD800M

DALLAS (AP) — The United States (US) government has awarded three contracts worth more than USD812.6 million for construction of about 65 miles of new border wall along the lower Rio Grande in South Texas.

In a statement issued on Monday, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the US Army Corps of Engineers said the contracts were awarded on Sunday to two contractors. The wall projects are to include steel bollard walls of 18-to-30 feet in height, all-weather roads, lighting, security cameras and other technology in 19 separate segments in Starr, Hidalgo and Cameron counties.

The statement said the walls will go up, starting early next year, where none now exist but not in areas prohibited under the CBP’s 2019 appropriation.

The sector is the CBP’s busiest, accounting for about 40 per cent of its immigrant apprehensions.