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Tag: Army Corps of Engineers

Coronavirus Fears Don’t Stop Construction of the Border Wall in Arizona

An existing wall at border of Mexico. Photo via Congress.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Construction on the wall on the Arizona border with Mexico has not stopped as the coronavirus outbreak spreads rapidly across the U.S.

Work crews are filling up motels, Airbnbs and mobile home camps in the town of Ajo, while nonessential construction has stopped in most of the country, The New York Times reports.

The theory is that the wall will prevent the spread of the virus from Mexico to the U.S., even though health experts are skeptical.

In the meantime, residents in Ajo are worried that the influx of workers make them more susceptive to the coronavirus.

“This administration’s priority is to get the wall done. The rest of us might as well be damned,” Ajo resident Maria Singleton told the Times.

According to an Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Raini Brunson, the agency is following “government and CDC guidelines” as construction increases.

“As the guidance changes, decisions will be made as to how contractor employees will be affected,” Brunson added.

Detroit to Get $14 Million Border Patrol Station to Replace Old Building

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

DETROIT — The U.S. Border Patrol is building a new station in Detroit after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $14 million contract for the design construction of the new building, the Associated Press reports.

The 45,000-square-foot facility is expected to be done in spring 2015.

It is to include space for 100 agents, a kennel, fitness area, holding facilities, storage space and processing area. the AP wrote.

The Detroit station protects 70 miles of border with Canada.