CEO Offers to Build 234 Miles of Border Wall for Just $1.4 Billion
President of Fisher Sand and Gravel Company said construction will be less expensive
The CEO of a large building company in North Dakota is offering President Donald Trump the construction 234 miles of the border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border for just $1.4 billion.
Tommy Fisher, the CEO and President of Fisher Sand and Gravel Company said his construction would be 80 percent less expensive than the proposed cost for the government's wall.
Fisher told the Washington Examiner that the government is paying too much for the wall, insisting that $4.31 billion would build the wall, border technology, paved roads, and even a warranty added to it.
“Our whole point is to break through the government bureaucracy,” Fisher said.
“If they do the small procurements as they are now … that’s not going to cut it.”
$1.4 billion in funding for 55 miles of border wall in the Rio Grande Valley was approved by Congress, falling short of Trump's demands for the $5.7 billion.
But Fisher insisted that $1.4 billion could be used to build 55 miles of wall along with an extra l 214 miles of walls elsewhere.
The funds that Congress have allocated can only be used in Rio Grande Valley.
Trump moved $3.1 billion from the Treasury and defense departments folwing Congress's refusal to grant the $5.7 billion he requested.
The President recently declared a national emergency allowing an additional $3.6 billion from the military budget.
But the emergency declaration was challenged in court, as Trump predicted.
The court does not challenge the $3.1 billion shifted from the Treasury and Defense departments, which brings he sufficient border funding total to some $4.5 billion.
But the department is yet to request bids from the private sector, according to a representative with the Army Corps of Engineers
The Fisher Industries video outlines the border wall proposal, which includes roads elevated on mounds.
Our wall will provide protection for all Americans, but our proposal is more than just a wall – it’s infrastructure for border agents. pic.twitter.com/p7gsiRAnSN— Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. (@FisherSandG) January 19, 2018
Amazing to see Dickinson-based Fisher Industries forms for building the border wall. Even more impressive was Tommy Fisher’s knowledge and enthusiasm about the project. pic.twitter.com/66GVI1xvca— Kelly Armstrong (@Armstrong_ND) July 2, 2018
It’s time for Congress to act and support @realDonaldTrump’s call to #BuildTheWall and secure our border. Here at Fisher Industries in Dickinson ND, I tested just how easy it is to install a panel of wall myself. It’s time to secure our border once and for all. #NDSen pic.twitter.com/kU2ERJdm8r— Kevin Cramer (@kevincramer) July 1, 2018
We just purchased 1,075 acres of prime property east of Tecate along the Border in Southern California. This unique land acquisition allows us to show case our border security system construction abilities. #BuildTheWall @realDonaldTrump @DHSgov @CBP pic.twitter.com/mMX3kOMp1d— Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. (@FisherSandG) May 17, 2018
The video suggests that border patrol agents can drive up to e elevations to surveil the territory.
“Our wall will provide protection for all Americans, but our proposal is more than just a wall—it’s infrastructure for border agents,” Fisher Sand and Gravel wrote on Twitter.
Republican candidate for the House of Representatives, Kelly Armstrong praised Fisher for his project and work.
“Amazing to see Dickinson-based Fisher Industries forms for building the border wall. Even more impressive was Tommy Fisher’s knowledge and enthusiasm about the project,” Armstrong wrote on Twitter.
Cramer and Armstrong viewed the Fisher Industries patented concrete wall forming system:
“Here at Fisher Industries in Dickinson ND, I tested just how easy it is to install a panel of wall myself. It’s time to secure our border once and for all,” Cramer wrote on Twitter.
Fisher presented his border wall construction plan to Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) in May last year.
During that month, Fisher Sand and Gravel Co declared that they had bought 1,075 acres of property along the Mexico border.
“This unique land acquisition allows us to showcase our border security system construction abilities,” the company wrote about the purchase on Twitter.
In February, House Democrats introduced a new resolution to block President Donald Trump's national emergency to fund his long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requested Democrats to back the congressional resolution yesterday to block President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration.
"The President's decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated," Pelosi wrote in a letter sent to lawmakers earlier in the week.