Texas Signs Contract To Build The Texas-Mexico Border Wall

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Officials from the state of Texas announced on Thursday that a venture between a design company and an engineering business had been granted the contract to supervise the building of a border barrier along the Texas-Mexico border.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a vocal opponent of President Joe Biden's immigration policy, said in June that he would launch a crowdfunding campaign to assist pay money for the wall and other obstacles, like fencing. Abbott has committed $250 million in state funds to kickstart the initiative.

Up to and including August 31, $54 million had been contributed by the final people, and also the state Legislature earlier this month sent to Abbott's desk a measure providing $1.88 billion in extra funding for border security.

Out of these funds, a complete of $750 million is spent to create border barriers. The measure still has to be signed into law by the governor.

Abbott's administration has previously said that it's identified 733 miles of the state's 1,200-mile border with Mexico that will need some reasonable border barrier to be built.

According to the call for bids, the Texas Facilities Commission approved a contract for up to $11 million with Michael Baker International Inc. and Huitt-Zollars to manage budgets, locate state property for wall construction, and find willing private landowners to assist construction.

The contract is worth up to $11 million and can be managed by Michael Baker International Inc. and Huitt-Zollars.

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