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  • Judge: Military spending in Washington can't go to border wall

    02/27/2020 7:40:12 PM PST · by BeauBo · 38 replies
    KOMO ^ | 27 Feb 2020 | GENE JOHNSON (Associated Press)
    President Donald Trump may not divert $89 million intended for a military construction project in Washington state to build his border wall, a U.S. judge in Seattle ruled Thursday. The U.S. Supreme Court and some other courts have said the administration can begin diverting billions of dollars in military spending to the wall. But U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein ruled Thursday that a case brought by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson contains different arguments which are not covered by those decisions. Rothstein found that diverting the money is unlawful because it would take money that Congress appropriated for military construction...
  • DHS waives more regulations to speed construction of border wall

    02/27/2020 4:18:47 AM PST · by BeauBo · 6 replies
    West Valley View (AZ)(Cronkite News) ^ | 27 Feb, 2020 | MacKinley Lutes-Adlhoch
    The Trump administration took another step toward expediting construction of a border wall, announcing it is waiving federal contracting regulations to fast track construction in four states, including Arizona. The targeted regulations, dealing with contracting, pricing and wage regulations, need to be waived “to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads” to stop drugs at the border, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a notice set to be published in the Federal Register. A Department of Homeland Security statement said the agency will “waive procurement regulations in six high-traffic border sectors to build an additional 177 miles...
  • South Texas county prohibits border-wall surveyors from entering lands near bird sanctuary

    02/26/2020 12:38:01 PM PST · by dhuls · 73 replies
    Everything Lubbock ^ | Feb 25, 2020 | Sandra Sanchez
    McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) — The commissioners of a small, rural county in South Texas have voted to block the federal government from surveying for a border wall on public lands near a coveted bird sanctuary. The five-member Zapata County Commissioners’ Court on Monday unanimously voted not to grant “right of entry for survey and site assessment to the U.S. Government for county land near San Ygnacio,” according to the agenda item. San Ygnacio is home to a popular bird and butterfly sanctuary located on a narrow strip of land along the Rio Grande about 40 miles south of Laredo,...
  • Congress warns Pentagon not to move money to fund Trump wall

    02/26/2020 11:45:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 26, 2020 | Lolita C. Baldor
    Lawmakers from both parties told Pentagon leaders on Wednesday that the Defense Department is undermining its own efforts to get military money by diverting billions of dollars for the construction of President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and the committee’s top Republican warned Defense Secretary Mark Esper that overturning congressional funding decisions to shift money for the wall is an enormous problem that will have consequences. The plan to shift money has triggered rare Republican opposition to one of Trump’s priorities. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said the result may be that Congress...
  • See where the Laredo border wall is planned on newly-released map from the federal government

    02/24/2020 1:48:16 PM PST · by BeauBo · 56 replies / Laredo Morning Times ^ | 24 Feb, 2020 | Julia Wallace
    The federal government on Monday released for the first time the proposed alignment of the border wall in Webb and Zapata counties, a continuous barrier for 69 miles starting at the Colombia Solidarity Bridge and ending just south of San Ygnacio. This is a proposed 30-foot-tall steel bollard structure with a 150-foot-wide “enforcement zone” that entails clearing all vegetation between the river and the wall. The maps show a proposed alignment running relatively close to the Rio Grande, following its contours.
  • Border Wall System update

    02/24/2020 1:25:15 PM PST · by BeauBo · 20 replies
    USBPChief (twitter) ^ | 24 Feb 2020 | USBP Chief Rodney Scott
    126 miles completed, 213 miles under construction, 414 miles in pre-construction. (as of 21 Feb 2020)
  • At US border, locals push back against Donald Trump's wall [AZ libs]

    02/23/2020 9:34:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.22.2020 | Cai Nebe
    It’s midday in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. As the sun beats down, saguaro cacti throw little shade over this part of the Sonoran Desert, where summer temperatures regularly top 37°C (99°F). Today though a very narrow segment of the park is getting a little more shade. It’s accompanied by the incessant whine of construction vehicles. President Donald Trump’s major campaign promise is taking shape — a rusty, nine-meter tall mix of concrete and steel. As of January 31, 185 kilometers (115 miles) of new wall had been built, according to the US Customs and Border Protection Agency. Depending on...
  • Border Wall Construction Revealed by Drone

    02/19/2020 8:24:07 AM PST · by bitt · 49 replies
    Kenneth Frantz, Summit Peak Drones ^ | Kenneth Frantz, Summit Peak Drones
    Published on Feb 12, 2020 During a trip to Arizona and New Mexico, I filmed the construction of new border wall being built east of Douglas, Arizona. An extremely impressive undertaking. This video hopes to remind viewers how incredibly innovative & productive our construction industry is. It reminded me of the Alaska Pipeline Project, in which I personally managed a small portion of. After the politics settle, our relationship with Mexico will dramatically improve, the environment will be just fine (as was the environment in Alaska post project), the word "illegal" immigrant will be gone, and in its place increased...
  • Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

    02/18/2020 4:36:59 AM PST · by BeauBo · 14 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 18 Feb 2020 | ELLIOT SPAGAT ASSOCIATED PRESS
    The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security said waiving procurement regulations will allow 177 miles (283 kilometers) of wall to be built more quickly in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The 10 waived laws include requirements for having open competition, justifying selections and receiving all bonding from a contractor before any work can begin. ...Tuesday's announcement marks the first time that waivers have applied to federal procurement rules. Previously they were used to waive environmental impact reviews. The Trump...
  • Border Wall System update

    02/17/2020 9:32:08 AM PST · by BeauBo · 34 replies
    USBP Chief Rodney Scott (@USBPChief on twitter) ^ | 17 Feb 2020 | USBP Chief Rodney Scott
    121 miles completed, 218 miles under construction, 414 miles in pre-construction.
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s wall claim is beyond ‘redemption’

    02/16/2020 8:38:38 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Feb 2020 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, President Donald Trump told a rally that people who are in the United States illegally are paying for his Mexico border wall. It was the latest iteration of his effort to convince the public that Mexico is covering the cost, just as he promised throughout his 2016 campaign and since. Evidence to the contrary came three days later. The Pentagon announced it is taking $3.8 billion approved by Congress for fighter aircraft, ships and other military programs and using the money to pay for the wall. The Defense Department...
  • White House extends national emergency on the southern border

    02/13/2020 11:44:00 AM PST · by BeauBo · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 13 Feb 2020 | Maegan Vazquez and Priscilla Alvarez
    President Donald Trump will extend his national emergency on the US-Mexico border for another year, according to a notice submitted to the Federal Register on Thursday (13 Feb 2020). The notice comes nearly a year after Trump declared a national emergency in order to secure funding to build his signature wall. The move paved the way for Trump to unlock billions of dollars in federal funds to construct additional barriers on the southern border, bypassing Congress after lawmakers refused to meet his multi-billion-dollar fund request. This is the first time the White House has renewed the emergency, which it plans...
  • Pentagon transferring (Another) $3.8 billion to border wall

    02/13/2020 11:30:29 AM PST · by BeauBo · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/13/20 | REBECCA KHEEL AND NIV ELIS
    The Pentagon is moving $3.8 billion from various weapons programs such as the F-35 fighter jet to pay for President Trump’s southern border wall, according to a notice sent to Congress on Thursday (13 Feb 2020)... Congress twice voted to overturn Trump's emergency declaration, which allowed him to reprogram defense funds for the wall, but were unable to override his vetoes. The money being reprogrammed Thursday is being taken under a different executive authority that allows counter-drug funds to be used on the wall. The notice says that $2.2 billion from the Pentagon’s base fiscal 2020 budget and $1.6 billion...
  • Donald Trump’s Budget Promises 1,000 Miles of Border Wall

    02/11/2020 9:00:19 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 10, 2020 | Neil Munro
    President Donald Trump’s budget request to Congress says the administration has enough cash to build 1,000 miles of border wall. “With funding made available from 2017 to 2020, the Administration will build up to approximately 1,000 miles of border wall along the Southwest border,” said the summary of the budget request for 2021 that was sent to Congress Monday. There is a delay between the arrival of funding and the completion of construction, so the administration is unlikely to reach 1,000 miles of wall for several years. The current schedule says roughly 500 miles will be completed by early 2021...
  • Defense Department expected to announce billions more will go to border wall

    02/10/2020 10:22:54 AM PST · by BeauBo · 15 replies
    WREG ^ | FEBRUARY 10, 2020 | CNN WIRE
    The Defense Department, under White House pressure, is expected to announce this week that billions more in Pentagon funds will go toward the border wall, according to an administration official. A senior Defense official also told CNN that a major announcement about the border will made this week... Last year, President Trump declared a national emergency, allowing him to unlock billions of dollars in federal funds to mount additional barriers along the US-Mexico border. While efforts to pull from several government accounts has been met with legal challenges, the administration has pressed forward. In January, the Pentagon received a request...
  • Border Wall System update (119 miles)

    02/10/2020 10:11:19 AM PST · by BeauBo · 29 replies
    US Border Patrol Chief (@USBPChief on twitter) ^ | 10 Feb 2020 | Chief Rodney Scott
    As of 7 Feb: 119 miles completed, 220 miles under construction, 237 miles in pre-construction.
  • White House to Reduce Budget Request for Border Wall

    02/09/2020 7:27:26 AM PST · by BeauBo · 37 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 9, 2020 | Michelle Hackman
    WASHINGTON—The Trump administration plans to request $2 billion in new funding for border-wall construction, significantly less than the amount it sought last year, in the budget proposal set for release Monday, according to White House officials familiar with the planning. The smaller proposal, the officials said, reflects the fact that the administration needs fewer resources to build a wall along the U.S. southern border, as it has essentially met its funding goals by shifting money from the military toward construction.
  • Border wall construction begins at Organ Pipe National Monument

    02/07/2020 2:39:43 PM PST · by BeauBo · 38 replies
    KYMA (Tucson) ^ | 7 Feb 2020 | Lisa Sturgis
    Construction crews have started blasting hills at Organ Pipe National Monument to clear space for a new border wall. The Arizona Daily Star reports crews are bulldozing through Monument Hill to prepare for construction of a 30-foot steel fence. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says targeted blasting will continue intermittently through the end of the month.
  • Jorge Ramos Admits: “Mexico Is Now The Wall”

    02/07/2020 2:12:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/07/2020 | John Sexton
    Jorge Ramos has an opinion piece in the NY Times today in which he argues that Mexico’s president Obrador is making a terrible mistake by, essentially, becoming Trump’s border wall: Mexico is now the wall. President Trump got his wish.The heart-wrenching images documenting a recent confrontation in the state of Chiapas, near the border with Guatemala, are evidence of this. Dozens of Mexican National Guard troops equipped with helmets, batons and transparent shields coalesced on the highway connecting the Mexican cities of Ciudad Hidalgo and Tapachula to stop a caravan of migrants heading to the United States from Central...
  • Border Wall System update

    02/04/2020 8:40:24 PM PST · by BeauBo · 51 replies
    US Border Patrol Chief (twitter) ^ | US Border Patrol Chief
    115 miles completed 224 miles under construction 237 miles in pre-construction