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Hidalgo County wants to build border wall

March 17, 2017 GMT

Hundreds of vendors have shown interest in building President Donald Trump’s wall, including Hidalgo County officials who hope for a continued partnership with the federal government to build levees that can provide border security and flood protection.

And that’s before a new Trump budget, which came out Thursday, includes $2.6 billion during the course of two years to begin construction of the wall.

A few days before the Department of Homeland Security posted a presolicitation for the design and building of a border wall, Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1 sent a letter on behalf of the citizens of Hidalgo County thanking the federal government for the existing 20 miles of levees and asking for the completion of a 2008 joint agreement that called for 30 additional miles.

“The original intent was to complete approximately 50 miles of a river protective levee/wall for the entire length of HidalgoCounty,” reads the Feb. 21 letter to U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, and chairman of House Homeland Security Committee, as well as to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.

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The estimated cost to complete the 2008 joint agreement titled “Hidalgo County Border Infrastructure Improvement Program,” is projected to be just more than $611 million, with the county paying about 10 percent of the total cost, according to the letter approved by the board of directors during the last commissioner’s court.

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