Who Will Build Trump’s Border Wall?
Posted on Mar 17, 2017
The release of President Trump’s budget proposal earlier this week has drawn criticism across the political spectrum for a variety of reasons, and many of them focused on potential massive cuts to federal agencies.
What’s not getting a budget cut, however, is the president’s controversial wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Politico reports:
Trump spoke about the wall during a rally in Nashville, Tenn., telling his audience that its construction is “way ahead of schedule.”
This “schedule” has not been made public, leaving many observers wondering who will build the wall and how soon construction actually will begin.
The construction itself may be laced with irony: Quartz reports that Mexicans and Mexican-Americans “will be vying for a piece of that business.”
“Of the roughly 700 firms that have already expressed interest in bidding to build the prototypes, about 10% are Hispanic-owned, per data from the government’s procurement system,” Quartz states. “Hispanics also make up nearly 30% of the US’s construction workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Near the border (where most US Hispanics are of Mexican descent), they’re an even larger share.”
Trump is facing increasing resistance from Republicans in Congress regarding payment for the wall. According to The Washington Post:
While Washington politicians discuss the long-term construction project, Mexican and American businesses are suffering from Trump’s pro-wall rhetoric.
“Basically, we are going to see another recession,” a shop owner in San Diego told Al-Jazeera. “I don’t even check my books. There’s no point getting more depressed.”
—Posted by Emma Niles.
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