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[REGIONAL NEWS] Most of Trump ’emergency’ wall goes through New Mexico

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A bollard-style barrier, left, ends and a “Normandy-style” vehicle barrier begins along a remote stretch of border in Doña Ana County. /Angela Kocherga/Albuquerque Journal

SANTA TERESA – New construction is expected to begin on a border barrier in New Mexico next month despite several lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund his wall.

The vast majority of the new wall will be built along New Mexico’s southern border.

The Trump administration’s declaration calls for $1 billion being diverted from military projects to build 57 miles of bollard barriers, with 46 of those miles in New Mexico’s Doña Ana and Luna counties

Much of the construction will replace vehicle barriers with new structures that are 18 to 30 feet tall. The Army Corps of Engineers in Albuquerque awarded $789 million to SLSCO Ltd, a Texas company, to do the work in New Mexico.

New Mexico has become the latest legal battleground over the wall with the announcement it is the site of one of the first construction projects paid for with Department of Defense funds.

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