Governor Greg Abbott announced earlier this year that he would do the job the Biden administration refuses to do, which is to secure the Texas border and finish building the border wall along the Texas border that President Trump began.
Now it appears the contracts will awarded soon for building over 700 miles of border wall:
DC EXAMINER – Texas may award a massive contract to begin building a barrier that stretches along more than 700 miles of the state’s border with Mexico as early as this week, according to the office overseeing the project.
The Texas Facilities Commission, which oversees state contracts, said in a statement it anticipates awarding the border wall project with more than $1 billion in available funding by mid-September.
The commission selected engineering firm Michael Baker International, Inc., of Pennsylvania and design firm Huitt-Zollars of Dallas to team up on the project. The commissioners must vote on the decision before the contract for a program manager can be awarded, and the final monetary amount has not yet been determined. The program manager will handle the budget and determine where to build.
Both firms have helped with hundreds of miles of completed border wall projects under previous presidential administrations. This is the first time a state has opted to install a barrier at an international border, as it is typically considered the federal government’s responsibility.
Rep. Greg Bonnen, a Republican who represents a Houston suburb, introduced a bill that passed the state Legislature in August to fund Gov. Greg Abbott’s proposals to deter illegal immigration. More than half of the $1.8 billion bill goes toward the border wall and fencing. A Washington Examiner analysis of existing border wall projects revealed just 150 miles of the 1,250 miles of land Texas shares with Mexico have a substantive barrier, leaving the state responsible for roughly 1,100 miles of fencing.
Now you might be thinking that this border wall construction will soon be tied up in lawsuits, just as it was for Trump. But according to the reporting that shouldn’t be the case, as Texas has gotten permission from landowners to build the entire wall on their lands:
The state has identified 733 miles of border-front land where it can build, and the Texas National Guard will carry out the project. All of the land belongs to residents who agreed to let the state put up a barrier, which will allow Texas to avoid the lawsuits that held up the Trump administration’s efforts to seize private land for construction.
I’ve seen the chatter from people wondering what was happening with this project since Abbott announced it in early June. It looks like it’s finally getting underway and hopefully we’ll begin to see photos and videos of the actual construction soon. It really can’t happen fast enough given how badly Biden has destroyed the border.