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US contractors are dropping heaps of taxpayer-funded border wall in Mexico where it's being sold as scrap metal
Inside ^ | 3 October 2020 | Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Posted on 10/06/2020 7:13:43 AM PDT by Cronos

Contractors who are replacing the border wall in Arizona are dumping leftover debris in Mexico, where scrap metal dealers are profiting off the pieces, witnesses told local television stations KOB4 and CBS 5.

The witnesses — an ecologist who works in the desert region in Southern Arizona and people selling the metal online — told CBS 5 that the contractors are essentially giving away the old wall.

"There were DHS and Army Corps of Engineers officials, standing there watching their contractors with a bulldozer and front-end loaders push the scrap metal onto the Mexican side," Gary Nabhan, a desert ecologist, told the station. "And Mexican scrap metal scavengers were coming right up to the border."

..."All of that metal and concrete should have been carried away to Phoenix or Tucson where there's legal disposal sites or recycling centers – none of it should have been pushed into Mexico," Nabhan said.

.... The station reported that Southwest Valley Constructors is the company that won the contract to erect the border fence near Naco and appears to be the source of steel posts being collected in Sonoyta, Mexico, as well.

Customs and Border Protection is investigating, a spokesperson told CBS5.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Mexico
KEYWORDS: border
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The contractors are probably making a ton of money
1 posted on 10/06/2020 7:13:43 AM PDT by Cronos
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To: Cronos

Speaking of making money:

How much are the ChiComs paying to post this anti Trump Garbage?


2 posted on 10/06/2020 7:16:10 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The line that separated satire, Democrats and Stupidity has vanished. (thanks to jonascord)!)
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To: Cronos

I don’t know the cost of this, but maybe it is the least expensive way to dispose of the debris.


3 posted on 10/06/2020 7:17:16 AM PDT by ConservativeInPA ("War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." - George Orwell, 1984)
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To: Cronos

Depends on how the contract was written.


4 posted on 10/06/2020 7:18:18 AM PDT by Wu (Excuse me while I kiss the sky......)
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To: Cronos

Better they take the scrap wall pieces than the catalytic converter off of my other vehicle.

They already got the one off of my truck while parked in South Carolina.


5 posted on 10/06/2020 7:18:23 AM PDT by spiderpig (Does whatever a Spider Pig does)
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To: Cronos

It would cost more to haul it than it’s worth. If the Mexicans will clean up and make 10$ a ton who cares?


6 posted on 10/06/2020 7:18:35 AM PDT by DCmarcher-976453
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scrap metal is cheap, doesn’t pay to haul it away. Let Mexico do it and make a little money.


7 posted on 10/06/2020 7:18:54 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple (Thinking Caps are no longer being issued but there must be a warehouse full of them somewhere.)
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To: Cronos

So?

The wall gets replaced. US Taxpayers don’t have to pay to deal with the debris. Mexican scrappers make a few bucks. The desert floor gets cleaned-up.

I don’t see a problem here.


8 posted on 10/06/2020 7:18:58 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer.)
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All of that metal and concrete should have been carried away to Phoenix or Tucson

The cost of doing that is probably more than the $$ which the scrap will generate. Most business' don't do things to lose money.

9 posted on 10/06/2020 7:19:00 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Make American Intelligence Great Again. Bring back ASA.)
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To: Cronos

Let’s see, sell it to Mexico or pay to have it recycled. Tough choice.


10 posted on 10/06/2020 7:22:43 AM PDT by bray (Pray for President Trump)
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Nobody wants steel, its nearly worthless in the US market.

My regular, paying metals recycler won't take steel, but there are mexican freelancers that will take it for free.

11 posted on 10/06/2020 7:23:13 AM PDT by caltaxed (ake)
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To: DCmarcher-976453

“It would cost more to haul it than it’s worth. If the Mexicans will clean up and make 10$ a ton who cares?”am fin

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Exactly. Great post.

If this is (a very minimal) part of the cost to build an effective wall, I am fine with it.


12 posted on 10/06/2020 7:23:42 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: Cronos

Part of (The Art Of) the deal, with Mexico. ????

Trump playing 4D chess again.


13 posted on 10/06/2020 7:23:47 AM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Wu

Exactamundo, but don’t let petty details like that mess up a good Orange-Man-Bad hit piece!


14 posted on 10/06/2020 7:25:22 AM PDT by pingman ("I ain't in no ways tarred.." of WINNING!)
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To: ConservativeInPA

Bingo scrap steel is so underpriced that the contractors would lose money to dispose of it. If the whistleblower thinks it’s such a loss then tell the contractors the he will remove the debris for free. Get some skin in the game there Einstein.


15 posted on 10/06/2020 7:26:04 AM PDT by ping jockey (Barnabus Fauci , sucking the lifeblood from AMERICA. The)
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The contractors are probably making a ton of money

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Oh, the horror!


16 posted on 10/06/2020 7:26:48 AM PDT by bramps (It's the Islam, stupid!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“The one function that TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if it were.”

David Brinkley


17 posted on 10/06/2020 7:27:39 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: caltaxed

I occasionally put boxes of low value scrap on the curb. It’s always gone within a few hours. I don’t know if it’s Mexicans, but whoever is willing to take it are welcome to it.


18 posted on 10/06/2020 7:28:01 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (When seconds count, social workers are days away.)
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To: Cronos
My parents had two construction companies, one union, one non-union. I was VP for the union company for about 15 years.

That said, I can safely say that nothing I read in the article is unusual in the course of construction demolition.

If the contractors were to dispose and recycle the demolished materials, they would have to pay laborers, truck drivers, etc, to do so. Those added costs get passed onto the taxpayer since this is a government job.

Giving it to the messycans sounds like a pretty cheap way to get rid of trash.

19 posted on 10/06/2020 7:29:13 AM PDT by LouAvul (The wheels of America are coming off and the media have stolen the lug nuts.)
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To: ConservativeInPA

Most likely true....probably giving it away free to anyone willing to haul it off...we’re talking rusty iron...not exactly a gold mine!!!!


20 posted on 10/06/2020 7:31:10 AM PDT by ontap
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