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Border Wall Plans Following the Path of Least Resistance

Planning of President Trump's proposed border wall is moving along very quietly, and quickly, at a federal wildlife refuge in Texas.
July 31, 2017, 10am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"For at least six months, private contractors and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have been quietly preparing to build the first piece of President Trump’s border wall through the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in South Texas," reports Melissa del Bosque.

The article quotes an anonymous federal official who is blowing the whistle on a perceived lack of transparency, as well as an environmental threat to the refuge.

"CBP plans to construct an 18-foot levee wall that would stretch for almost three miles through the wildlife refuge, according to the official. The structure would consist of a concrete base, which would serve as a levee, and be topped with a fence made of steel bollards, similar to a levee wall built almost a decade ago near Hidalgo, Texas," adds del Bosque. A second federal official confirmed the construction details.

The article includes more details on the budgetary contingencies for the portions of the wall included in the Trump Administration's budget blueprint. 

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Published on Friday, July 14, 2017 in The Texas Observer
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