Trump Supporter’s Privately Funded Border Wall Already At Risk Of Falling Down
A privately funded border wall built directly on the banks of the Rio Grande is now showing signs of runoff erosion and is feared to fall into the river, according to ProPublica.
- Tommy Fisher of Fisher Industries built three miles of border wall in Arizona, figuring out how to build directly on the banks of the river, a potential game-changer in the nation’s border wall system. The construction led him to win $1.7 billion in federal contracts.
- While Fisher deemed the wall the “Lamborghini” of border walls, it is already showing signs of runoff erosion with engineers and hydrologists saying it should have never been built so close to the river.
- Alex Mayer, a civil engineer professor at the University of Texas at El Paso stated:
“When the river rises, it will likely attack those areas where the foundation is exposed, further weakening support of the fence and potentially causing portions ... to fall into the Rio Grande.”
- Fisher has dismissed the concerns and the company attorney, Mark Courtois, stated that the erosion was “a normal part of new construction projects like this and does not in any way compromise the fence or associated roadway.”
- The success of Fisher’s wall as well as the $1.3 billion federal contract he won come despite questions over his qualifications.
- The privately funded construction initially faced some opposition, as the company was sued by the federal government and a wildlife refuge as it attempted to clear a path for the wall.
ProPublica noted that Fisher’s private wall project is “a little known but crucial part of the effort to help President Donald Trump meet his campaign promise to build 450 miles of ‘big, beautiful wall’ by the end of 2020.”