Trump’s Border Wall is a Reality in Texas

Grind for November 8th, 2018
“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

Step One

The Headline

Texas: Soldiers fortify bridges and fences to prepare for migrant invasion

The Grind

Soldiers this week installed razor wire on border fences in Texas in anticipation of the arrival of a caravan of Central Americans.

In recent days, the Trump Administration has deployed 5,200 troops to help Border Patrol agents prepare for the caravan’s arrival. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Trump Administration intends to send nearly 8,000 troops to help CPB in Texas, Arizona, and California before the caravan arrives.

The caravan, which President Trump has used to highlight his immigration agenda during midterms, is rumored to contain up to 14,000 people.

“The caravans are made up of some very tough fighters and people,” tweeted Trump on October 31st. “Fought back hard and viciously against Mexico at Northern Border before breaking through. Mexican soldiers hurt, were unable, or unwilling, to stop Caravan. Should stop them before they reach our border, but won’t!”

The Details

Soldiers installed razor wire on top of existing fences and bridges in Granjeno, a tiny village that sits on the Rio Grande, and along a bridge connecting Hidalgo, Texas to the Mexican city of Reynosa.

Placement of the razor wire, which was determined by CBP officials, is designed to “harden the points of entry and address key gaps,” said Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy.

As I wrote earlier this week, the Rio Grande Valley sector leads the nation in illegal border activity – including drug trafficking. Last week, CPB announced the approval of a $145 million project to fortify a six-mile stretch of border in the sector.

Making Progress

The Headline

CPB approves $145M border wall project in Texas

The Grind

Construction will soon begin on a $145 million border wall project in Texas, announced Customs and Border Protection (CBP) last week.

The project will consist of vegetation removal, updates to existing fences, video surveillance, detection technology, and the construction of a concrete levee wall with 18″ tall steel bollards on top.

The resulting six-mile wall will be located in the Rio Grande Valley Sector – which currently leads the nation in illegal alien apprehensions.

For the month of July, the sector accounted for fully half of all family unit apprehensions and nearly 50% of total apprehensions along the southwest border.

The area is also a hot spot for drug smuggling. In 2017, border patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized 260,000 pounds of marijuana and 1,200 pounds of cocaine.

The Details

“Once constructed, this levee wall system will serve as a permanent impediment to transnational criminal organizations, while still allowing river access for property owners…local emergency responders, and USBP,” said Customs and Border Protection.

The project, dubbed “RGV-03,” was awarded to SLSCO. Construction is expected to begin in February.

Officials are also working to close gaps in an existing 60-mile border fence in Cameron County. Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security announced plans to install 35 gates.

Trump’s efforts to strengthen the southern border are moving at a frustratingly slow pace. And while the projects that are happening might sound small, they are happening. If we had a Democratic President, border security would be ignored and illegal immigration would continue unchecked.

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