Various companies around the country have released designs for President Trump’s border wall, and are requesting protection due to concerns over what protesters may do while construction is taking place.
San Diego and Mexico have reportedly each said they will support “peaceful protests” along the border wall site. Border Patrol and local police have agreed to closely monitor the sites and protesters, accordingly.
The chief executive of a contractor in Fort Worth, Texas, claims he has received a dozen death threats since publicly expressing interest in bidding.
“There will be a lot of different activity — protests, prayer vigils — on both sides of the wall,” said Enrique Morones, executive director of Border Angels. “We pray and hope that they’re peaceful.”
According to the Daily Mail, one company asked if employees could carry firearms with them, while another asked if there would be immediate help if a protest were to get out of control.
Bids were due on Tuesday for the first design contract. One U.S. source said they expect four to ten bidders to be chosen for the project. Construction will begin on federally-owned land in San Diego and, according to officials, the government predicts it will spend approximately $200,000 to $500,000 on each prototype.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has said it will choose the contractors by June 1. Over 200 have signed up for the project.
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