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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials announced the construction start of eight miles of a new border wall barrier system in the nation’s busiest sector. The construction project covers eight miles of the Rio Grande border where no barrier currently exists.

CBP officials partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) began the installation of new bollard wall sections in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector. The RGV Sector is the nation’s busiest in terms of illegal border crossings along with cocaine and marijuana seizures, according to information obtained by CBP officials. Most of the illegal activity in this sector occurs in areas along the Rio Grande where no barrier infrastructure exists.

“The new border wall system will improve the RGV Sector’s ability to impede and deny illegal border crossings and the drug and human smuggling activities of transnational criminal organizations,” CBP officials stated.

RGV Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch added, “Having previously worked in Tucson Sector, I’ve seen how walls are extremely effective in changing the operational environment in which we work. Locations where physical barriers have been constructed saw reduced illegal immigration flows, organized smuggling, and environmental degradation.”

Officials report the new border wall system consists of approximately eight miles of a new levee wall system. The new wall is being constructed where there is currently no physical barrier to preclude illegal border crossings and drug smuggling, officials stated. Once completed, the new barrier will also provide an all-weather road to provide rapid response to border crossing detections and surveillance technology to increase situational awareness. The project is similar to those already completed in the San Diego, El Centro, Yuma, and El Paso Sectors.

Officials approved a contract for the construction of this project in November 2018, Breitbart Texas reported. Many other border wall construction projects are approved and underway.

During Fiscal Year 2019, which ended on September 30, Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 340,000 migrants who illegally crossed the border from Mexico into Texas, according to the 2019 Southwest Border Migration Report. This represents approximately 40 percent of all migrant apprehensions in the nine southwest Border Patrol sectors. Of those, 211,631 were migrants families and 34,523 were unaccompanied minors. Migrant family apprehensions increased by 234 percent in FY19 while the apprehension of unaccompanied minors increased by 45 percent.

“Since January 2017, approximately $9.8 billion has been identified to construct approximately 509 miles of new border wall system through a combination of Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense funding and the Treasury Forfeiture Fund,” CBP officials stated. “This includes approximately 110 miles of new levee and border wall system within USBP’s RGV Sector in areas where no barriers currently exist.”

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for the Breitbart Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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Federal Judge Rips IBWC During Hearing Over Construction Of Our Second Border Wall

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The International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) has made it clear that they don’t like us, or that we’re securing our border by building walls. The IBWC is half controlled by Mexico. We have to get permission from them to build if we construct the wall near any waterways connected to Mexico. They’re making us jump through hoops that they haven’t made anyone else jump through. The federal judge ripped into them for that today. If you recall, the IBWC tried to stop us from building a gate at our first border wall in New Mexico because it ended at a dam on the Rio Grande River. We got the job done, though. This case will end the same way. We’ll get our wall in Texas built!

“McAllen, Texas — Despite District Court Judge Randy Crane’s befuddlement over the International Boundary and Water Commission’s (IBWC) treatment of Fisher Industries, contracted by non-profit We Build The Wall to construct a border barrier in Mission, TX in the Rio Grande Valley, the group still won’t be able to build for at least another week.

“I’m concerned that different people are being treated differently,” Crane said to Dr. Padinare Unnikrishna, the IBWC’s Chief of Engineering Services.

Unnikrishna testified for the federal government against Fisher Industries Friday in a hearing that was supposed to decide whether a previous injunction levied by the court would be lifted, allowing the group to build a crucial 3.5 miles of border wall in an area highly trafficked by cartel members and illegal border crossers. The venue for the hearing is the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Despite Fisher Industries’ compliance with every demand made by the IBWC, and the fact that the IBWC appears to be putting Fisher Industries through the ringer, the court was still bound by The Treaty of Nov. 23, 1970, which gave power to the IBWC to make the final say on who and what can be built in flood plain areas of the Rio Grande Valley.

After coddling by the federal government’s attorneys, Unnikrishna was torn to shreds by Fisher Industries’ lawyers, and eventually Judge Crane himself. Two main topics were at issue: why Fisher Industries was required to provide 1D and 2D environmental impact models for the IBWC to examine when other private organizations have not had to jump through such hoops, and why the IBWC seemingly delayed notifying Fisher Industries of those requirements for more than one month.

“No private organization has ever been required to [provide 1D and 2D models to the IWBC], to the best of your knowledge?” Crane asked Unnikrishna incredulously.

Unnikrishna couldn’t point to a single example, though he said it was common for government organizations like U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to provide such information to the IBWC.

The gate at the end of our first wall in New Mexico. IBWC tried to stop us from building it because it connected to a dam on the Rio Grande – Photo by Jeff Rainforth for WBTW

Crane pushed, demanding to know what guidelines the IBWC uses to decide what environmental modeling it requires of builders in flood plain areas. He asked about a local shopping mall, which apparently did not have to provide 2D modeling to the IBWC. Then he asked about local residents who build structures or fences on their own property, and whether they had to provide such environmental impact modeling to the organization. Unnikrishna couldn’t define the parameters, eventually agreeing that he does not know “where the line is drawn” by the IBWC.

Intermittently, Crane questioned Unnikrishna about his dealings with Fisher Industries.

Fisher Industries met with the IBWC in El Paso, TX, on Oct. 3, to discuss proposals for a border barrier at the current job site. It wasn’t until more than a month later, in mid-November, that the IBWC told Fisher Industries it would have to provide them with the environmental impact modeling. By that time, land was already being cleared, and the federal government sought an injunction against Fisher Industries and We Build The Wall. The latter organization was eventually dropped as a defendant in the case. Judge Crane seemed perturbed, noting that Unnikrishna and the IBWC likely knew Fisher Industries’ intentions to build a bollard wall on the land, and thus should have informed them of the requirements to build such a structure.

The totality of the testimony was quite suggestive, painting the picture that the IBWC might intentionally be building its own barriers to purposefully slow or halt Fisher Industries’ progress on securing the border at its current job site.

Judge Crane called it a potential due process issue, but was forced to defer to the Treaty, which only allows for building in flood plain arears once the IBWC signs a letter saying building is permitted. After a half-hour recess during which attorneys for all parties were called to Crane’s chambers, Fisher Industries decided to save its witnesses for a continuance hearing next Thursday. The temporary restraining order was upheld, though some land-clearing orders were modified.

The IWBC, which is half-controlled by Mexico, and half-controlled by the United States, has not exactly been friendly to Fisher Industries or We Build The Wall. Combined with the local social justice brigade, the private organizations looking to close the border for the good of the American people have been met with stiff resistance.

Also party to the lawsuit are the National Butterfly Center (NBC), a nature preserve run by an avid leftist by the name of Marianna Trevino Wright, and a second private company, Neuhaus & Sons. Part of the North American Butterfly Association, NBC owns property near Fisher Industries’ worksite, which is on land owned by Neuhaus & Sons. It is concerned with the environmental impact that a wall would potentially cause, and Friday called a witness to testify about those concerns.”

Story compiled by Jeff Rainforth for We Build the Wall, Inc. Follow Jeff on Facebook for live border videos & coverage.

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Arizona Republicans Push Bill Permitting Us To Build Border Wall

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This is how you cut through red tape! We can build the wall much quicker with friends like these!

“More than a dozen Arizona House Republicans introduced a bill on Thursday that would allow private entities to build walls along the U.S.-Mexico border without obtaining the requisite construction permits.

The proposal follows a June pledge from State Representative Warren Petersen to back a bill benefiting We Build the Wall, a nonprofit that has vowed to spend $25 million raised through a GoFundMe campaign to construct segments of border wall on private property.

“I will be introducing legislation next session to make sure that @WeBuildtheWall can erect border walls on private property in AZ without impediment from state or local government,” tweeted Petersen, the House Majority Leader. “Their organization is making a real difference with the border crisis! All with private donations.”

Petersen did not immediately respond to a phone call, text message, or email asking whether his new bill, HB 2084, is the same proposal he promised in June. A statement from Petersen on Friday did not mention We Build the Wall, but explained that the bill will create a “presumption of permission to build the international boundary wall on state land.”

Founded by prominent anti-[illegal]-immigrant activist Brian Kolfage, We Build the Wall grew out of a campaign to raise $1 billion to help pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall. After the Democratic takeover of the U.S. House in 2018, Kolfage instead pledged to use any money raised through a viral GoFundMe campaign to build a border wall on private property.

Kolfage tapped prominent right-wing celebrities to serve as advisory board members, including former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, Blackwater founder Erik Prince, and Kris Kobach, the former Kansas Secretary of State who helped author Arizona’s SB 1070.

We Build the Wall has already constructed a segment of border fencing on private property in southern New Mexico.”

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