U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) awarded a construction contract for approximately 14 miles of contiguous new border walling along the southern border. The 14 miles of new wall will be built within the Laredo Sector, located in Webb County, Texas.
According to CBP, the "project will include a 30-foot tall steel bollard wall, all-weather roads, lighting, enforcement cameras and other related technology to create a complete enforcement zone." CBP anticipates construction to begin in January 2021 pending availability of real estate. Caddell Construction Company, (DE) LLC was awarded the $275,454,100.00 contract, funded by CBP's Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations.
The Laredo Sector is an area of high illegal activity, with over 21,000 illegal alien apprehensions and over 19,000 pounds of drugs seized this FY to date. The majority of its activity is occurring in areas where Laredo Sector lacks infrastructure, access and mobility, and technology. These projects will improve Laredo Sector’s ability to impede and deny illegal border crossings and the drug and human smuggling activities of transnational criminal organizations.
CBP continues to implement President Trump’s Executive Order 13767 – also known as Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements – taking steps to expeditiously plan, design and construct a physical wall using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve operational control of the southern border.
Last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched a webpage showing the location of where wall construction is planned, taking place, or already completed along the southern border. The webpage features an interactive map where users can see the details of the various construction sites along the southern border.