A U.S. District judge in Texas recently issued a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order against a private group called We Build the Wall. The order prohibits the group and their contractor, Fisher Industries and Fisher Sand and Gravel from moving forward building a 3.5 mile border wall.
The wall would be built along the Rio Grande River within a flood plain. This injunction stops the contractor from digging, shaving or cutting along the river bank until the U.S. International Boundary Water Commission can determine whether construction plans will “create unacceptable deflection or obstruction of the floodplain.”
Though the group is prevented from making any permanent changes along the Rio Grande, they are still permitted to clear the area.
We Build the Wall is a Private organization that is trying to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. The construction was scheduled to start on a stretch of land just south of Mission, Texas. They have posted some videos of the project that show that they’ve already cleared two miles through sugar cane fields and are working to clear another 2,800 feet.
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The land in question is owned by Tommy Fisher, president and CEO of contractor Fisher Industries. His company, if allowed by the U.S International Boundary Water Commission, will build the 3.5 mile stretch along a 150-foot easement adjacent to the River.
In the past, Fisher Construction bid on building 234 miles of the wall for only $1.4 billion. However, once you add in things like pavement and security systems, the price increases to $4.3 billion, which is an average of $18.4 million per mile.
Last September Barnard Construction was awarded a contract to build 5 miles of the wall at a price of $141.7, which is an average of $28 million per mile.
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As most Americans will recall, Donald Trump promised during his 2016 presidential campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall to be built. Of course, there was no way to enforce that. An American president has no power to force the government of another country to do something. Though it made a great sound bite for his campaign, it was lubricious for people to believe Trump could force Mexico to pay for a wall.
Instead, American taxpayers will pay for the wall. Nearly half of all tomatoes sold in America come from Mexico. This is true for a great deal of American produce, like avocados, corn, peppers, watermelon and cantaloupe. Because they do supply America with so many products, it would seem to make more sense to completely revamp America’s immigration laws making it easier and cheaper for Mexicans to legally move to the U.S.