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Mexican Officials Aim to Block Contracts for Companies Building Trump’s Border Wall

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 15, 2017, 11:03 am
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National Action Party Senator Gabriela Cuevas Barrón told the country’s senate they should urge the federal government to deny contracts and awards of goods and services to companies that also participate directly or indirectly in the construction of the border wall. (Univisión)

EspañolSome Mexican officials are lobbying hard to prevent United States-based companies assisting in US President Donald Trump’s border wall from working in the country.

National Action Party Senator Gabriela Cuevas Barrón told the country’s senate they should urge the federal government to deny contracts and awards of goods and services to companies that also participate directly or indirectly in the construction of the border wall.

The senator argued Tuesday that the general interest and national security of Mexicans should prevail over the economic interests of individuals that would profit from the controversial border project.

Federal Business Opportunities, a US federal agency, began a public tender for the construction of the border wall last February, which had an estimated value of US $21.6 billion.

 

Some 470 companies, among them Cemex, have reportedly already shown an interest in participating in the work and have been formally registered for participation in the work.

Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Cuevas Barrón said the border wall to be built on the US southern border is a risk to Mexico’s national security and that “the construction of such infrastructure will have a direct impact on the lives of immigrants who cross through our territory in order to reach the United States.”

The senator requested that natural or legal persons “who seek to obtain some kind of benefit derived from any action that is against national interests, and even further endangers the national security of Mexico,” should be treated with a reciprocal generosity from Mexico.

Source: Excelsior

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.