Bids have been rolling in as potential border wall contractors fight to be chosen by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. And, so have the death threats to those contractors.
Now, the contracting companies are asking for armed security while building Trump’s border wall. They also want to carry guns themselves.
The head of Fort Worth, Texas general contracting company says he’s received several death threats. They began after he publicly showed his interest in bidding to help build Trump’s border wall.
Chief executive of The Penna Group LLC, Michael Evangelista-Ysasaga, believes the death threats are mere examples of the angry responses yet to come for contractors actually chosen to build prototypes of Trump’s wall by Customs and Border Protection.
Evangelista-Ysasaga says his company that if selected, it will definitely be affected by environmental and immigration activists who do not believe in the wall.
However, the contractor says the risks are well worth the end result. He told Associated Press that the decision to bid was not made lightly:
“We looked at it and said we have to be a productive part of the solution.”
As bids for the wall roll in by the March 4 deadline, interested companies are preparing for a violent backlash if they end up with the high-profile job. Some firms have asked the government if border patrol agents would come to their aid if they came under “hostile attack” or if employees can carry firearms in states with tight gun control restrictions, the AP reported.
The Trump administration has made the border wall the linchpin of its border security and illegal immigration policies, but the project has garnered a diverse group of opponents. Immigrant advocacy groups, environmental activists, and many private landowners along the Rio Grande are opposed to the wall and are expected to protest at construction sites.
Enrique Morones, executive director of the San Diego-based Border Angels, said his group plans to organize non-violent demonstrations against the wall.
“There will be a lot of different activity — protests, prayer vigils — on both sides of the wall,” he told the AP. “We pray and hope that they’re peaceful.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that it will pick multiple contractors to build wall prototypes by June. The agency said it will instruct the Border Patrol to respond to construction sites in the event of an emergency, but it will not provide armed security to the companies that work on the wall.