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Workers Begin Replacing Arizona Border Barrier

Workers Begin Replacing Arizona Border Barrier

PHOENIX - Construction crews broke ground Thursday on a small portion of the $664 million border fence project in the Arizona desert that is funded through President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration.

Crews plan on installing 30-foot (9-meter) steel fencing to replace older barriers on 2 miles in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, next to the official border crossing known as the Lukeville Port of Entry.

The project is funded through the Defense Department. Use of the department's money was previously frozen by lower courts while a lawsuit proceeded. But the U.S. Supreme Court last month cleared the way for the use of about $2.5 billion.

Campaign promise and lawsuits

A border wall was a major milestone of the president's election campaign. Congress this year allocated $1.4 billion, but the president wanted much more. He declared a national emergency in February and faced legal challenges for plans to build dozens of miles of fencing almost immediately.

In Arizona, environmentalists have sued over some of the construction contracts, saying the government unlawfully waived dozens of laws to be able to build on protected lands. They say a wall, and construction for it, would be detrimental to wildlife habitat. The case before federal court is pending.

 

Aliqismet BADALOV,
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23 2019 14:06 -

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