Trump Administration’s Transparency Questioned as It Awards First Border Wall Contracts – The Trump administration has taken another step forward in building a wall between the United States and Mexico. Despite not yet receiving authorization for the president’s signature campaign promise, the Homeland Security Department has selected four companies to build prototypes.

The potential awardees will build the sample barriers with reinforced concrete and will range from 18 to 30 feet tall, DHS’ Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday. The companies will construct their prototypes along the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego. CBP selected Caddell Construction Co., (DE), LLC, from Montgomery, Alabama; Fisher Sand & Gravel Co., DBA Fisher Industries, from Tempe, Arizona; Texas Sterling Construction Co., from Houston; and W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Company, from Philadelphia, Mississippi.

The selection satisfies the first of two requests for proposals issued by CBP. The agency also asked for wall designs using “other materials.” It will make a decision on vendors for that request next week.

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