Construction on President Trump’s border wall was slated to begin this week in San Diego, according to public records, but despite attracting hundreds of bidders, the administration has yet to pick a contractor.
Funding for the wall has yet to be approved, however, $20 million has been allocated by Congress for the construction of 30-foot tall prototypes near Otay Mesa in California.
Customs and Border Protection spokesman Rick Pauza said on Friday that the bids are still being reviewed, noting that prototype plans will be selected for construction in Summer 2017.
At least two lawsuits have been filed regarding the lack of information about the border wall process, according to a report in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Leftist watchdog group American Oversight filed a lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court against four federal agencies after making Freedom of Information Act requests for a construction schedule, eminent domain documents, and communications between Mexico and the U.S. and the Tohono O’odham Nation, whose territory in Arizona and Mexico would be affected by the wall.
“American Oversight is deemed to have exhausted its administrative remedies . . . and is now entitled to judicial action,” according to the lawsuit.
The day before that lawsuit was filed, a national environmental group called the Center for Biological Diversity began its own lawsuit when it did not receive public records detailing the predicted environmental impact that border wall prototypes in San Diego could pose to local species and their habitats.
For more than a year, Dennis Michael Lynch has warned his viewers and readers that the border wall will never see the light of day because of lawsuits filed by immigration groups and environmental watchdogs. It appears he could end up being correct.
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