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Despite critics' outcry, border wall construction goes on

First border wall construction contracts expected to be awarded this week
Posted at 6:54 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 21:54:51-04

PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government is proceeding with plans for a border wall even as communities where construction is ongoing protest the presence of workers.

In the Yuma, Arizona, area, the government modified a contract last month to add 1.5 miles of a 30-foot border wall with an anti-climb plate for $55.8 million.

It's looking to award another $50 million contract next month to add fiber optic cables, lighting, closed circuit TV, a ground detection system and signage.

Still, lawmakers and advocates are calling for construction to be halted amid the coronavirus outbreak. T

hey say the workers put small border communities with few health care resources at risk.