Border wall contractors brace for hostile site

SAN DIEGO (AP) — One potential bidder on President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico wanted to know if authorities would rush to help if workers came under “hostile attack.” Another asked if employees can carry firearms in states with strict gun control laws and if the government would indemnify them for using deadly force.

With bids due Tuesday on the first design contracts, interested companies are preparing for the worst if they get the potentially lucrative job.

A U.S. official with knowledge of the plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because the details haven’t been made public said four to 10 bidders are expected to be chosen to build prototypes.

They will be constructed on a roughly quarter-mile (400-meter) strip of federally owned land in San Diego within 120 feet (37 meters) of the border, though a final decision has not been made on the precise spot, the official said. The government anticipates spending $200,000 to $500,000 on each prototype.

The Border Patrol and local police would establish a buffer zone around the construction site if necessary, the U.S. official said. The San Diego police and sheriff’s departments said Monday they will respect constitutional rights to free speech and assembly for any peaceful, law-abiding protesters.

Enrique Morones, executive director of Border Angels, said his group plans to protest.

“There will be a lot of different activity — protests, prayer vigils — on both sides of the wall,” said Morones, whose immigrant advocacy group is based in San Diego. “We pray and hope that they’re peaceful.”

Michael Evangelista-Ysasaga, chief executive of The Penna Group LLC, a general contractor in Fort Worth, Texas, said he has received about a dozen death threats since publicly expressing interest in bidding, including one from a woman who told him she hired a private investigator to trail him.

Evangelista-Ysasaga said he bid in part because he wants broad immigration reform. Securing the border, he said, is a prerequisite for granting a path to citizenship to millions in the U.S. illegally.


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  1. National Guard should be posted at the border with particular detail in the construction areas.

    And, it wouldn’t be a bad idea pot post active duty there to train to defend our border. It’s a legit function. If we cannot or will protect our borders, we cease to be a viable country.

  2. ALL illegal immigrants should be deported, by force if necessary! Illegal is illegal! These invaders have no respect for our country. We spent over one trillion dollars in welfare on them in 2015 alone! And that is just at the Federal level. Nevada has the highest percentage of illegals in the country, yet we are terrified at rounding them up. Rather, we give them welfare, and we get contempt and socialist behavior from them. They bring their communist indoctrination (Mexico, 1917-1992) with them. Our state is already feeling more like California every day the “Democrat” legislature is at work. Once their population reaches a certain level, and their progeny can vote, your state is lost to the Democrats, just like California,

  3. Camp Pendleton is not far away. Post a few marines at the site with orders to use deadly force on anyone causing a problem or crossing a line. This can be a military operation and there are lots of people who would support that.

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