Dem Rep. Says He Would Personally Bulldoze “Every Inch” of US-Mexico Border Wall
Just when you thought the Democrats couldn’t get any crazier, a new statement or policy proposal ups the ante. Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX) is so opposed to President Trump’s border wall that he says he would personally “take a bulldozer to every inch of existing structure on the U.S.-Mexican border.”
During a committee meeting to discuss the Border Security for America Act of 2017, Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) expressed his dissatisfaction with the existing fencing that separates the United States and Mexico along parts of the nearly 2,000-mile border.
“I strongly oppose Trump’s wall,” he said. “In fact, I would take a bulldozer to every inch of existing structure on the U.S.-Mexican border.”
Vela, first elected in 2012 to represent a heavily Latino district that touches the Mexican border, spoke in favor of an amendment to the bill to define the wall. His sarcastic list snatched lines from President Donald Trump’s campaign speech,es including “big and beautiful,” “see through,” “not a fence” and “has openings.”
President Trump is one step closer to fulfilling one of his core campaign promises; building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. On Tuesday the Department of Homeland Security announced it has issued a waiver “to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction near Calexico, California” reports KVOA.
This waiver is pursuant to authority granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security by Congress and covers a variety of environmental, natural resource, and land management laws.
The Department has exercised the waiver authority in Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), as amended, on five previous occasions from 2005 to 2008, as well as exercising this waiver authority earlier this year for a project in the San Diego area, which was announced in August.
This current waiver covers certain border infrastructure projects in the United States Border Patrol’s El Centro Sector, a critical sector for border security. In fiscal year 2016 alone, the United States Border Patrol apprehended more than 19,400 undocumented immigrants and seized approximately 2,899 pounds of marijuana and approximately 126 pounds of cocaine in the El Centro Sector.
As TGP previously reported, CBP announced it awarded four companies “other materials” contracts for border wall prototypes.
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According to CBP:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today contract awards for “other materials” prototypes of the border wall. The following companies were selected to construct alternate materials border wall prototypes:
Caddell Construction Co., (DE), LLC, Montgomery, Alabama
KWR Construction, Inc. – Sierra Vista, Arizona
ELTA North America Inc. – Annapolis Junction, Maryland
W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Company, Philadelphia, Mississippi
CBP officials will meet with the vendors and determine construction timeline, however we expect to construct the prototypes in the fall.
Prototypes constructed from alternate materials will serve two important ends. First, given their robust physical characteristics-for example, they will be between 18 and 30 feet high-the “other materials” border wall prototypes are designed to deter illegal crossings in the area in which they are constructed.