The wall will go on and the construction won’t be hampered despite the recent disasters affecting both the U.S. and Mexico. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Tuesday that it has issued a waiver to expedite the construction of barriers at particular areas of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements were waived by DHS to hasten the construction of barriers at the international border near Calexico, California. The DHS said the waiver involved environmental, natural resource and land management laws.
The DHS said: “The department continues to take steps to immediately plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the southern border.”
The project involving border infrastructure would be in the U.S. Border Patrols’ El Centro Sector in California. It is an area where more than 19,400 illegal immigrants were arrested and thousands of pounds of marijuana and cocaine were seized last year. The DHS is emphasizing that the waiver will help the Trump administration in protecting the border by starting the construction work on a wall for the said area.
The DHS announced in August that it has given the go signal for four vendors to proceed to a site in San Diego in the coming weeks to start construction on different concrete prototypes that could serve as a model for the border wall.
The four vendors are based in Arizona, Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi. The announcement for the vendors came almost a month after DHS issued its first waiver to bypass environmental laws and regulations that could have blocked the vendors from doing their work in southern California.
The construction of the wall between the U.S. and Mexico border remains one of the priorities of the Trump administration, and the President has not wavered on his campaign promise to build such wall.