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Trump wants $5.7B for ‘steel barrier,’ instead of concrete wall at US-Mexico border

Despite protests from activists and many lawmakers, the administration still is keeping some contractors busy with border wall construction. The most recent award was announced in November and went to San Antonio, Texas, construction company Gideon Contracting. The company will receive up to $5.7 million to install as many as 39 automated border wall gates in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Rio Grande Valley Sector. During Thanksgiving week alone, the agency awarded contracts in the amount of $491 million. This included $167 million to Galveston, Texas-based SLSCO Ltd. and $324 million to Barnard Construction Co., based in Bozeman, Montana.

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