WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Protection Division stated on Wednesday it had awarded a $646 million contract to a building firm to design and construct a alternative for the border wall in Arizona.
In an announcement, the Pentagon stated the work by Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Southwest Valley Constructors was anticipated to be accomplished by Jan. 31, 2020. The work might be carried out within the Tucson sector, which incorporates many of the Arizona border with Mexico. The Pentagon didn’t point out the size of the wall to be constructed.
President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to switch funds to assist construct a border wall after he didn’t safe funding from Congress.
Final week, the Pentagon stated performing Protection Secretary Patrick Shanahan had authorized the switch of $1.5 billion from the division to construct greater than 80 miles (130 km) of boundaries on the border.
Immigration is a signature subject of Trump’s presidency and re-election marketing campaign. He declared a nationwide emergency with a view to redirect funding to construct a wall with out the approval of Congress.
(Reporting by Eric Beech; Enhancing by Mohammad Zargham and Peter Cooney)