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Pentagon Awards $787Mln for Border Wall Construction Projects

© AP Photo / Gregory BullPrototypes of border wall sit behind the bars of the current border wall, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, seen from Tijuana, Mexico
Prototypes of border wall sit behind the bars of the current border wall, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, seen from Tijuana, Mexico - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Two US construction firms won more than $787 million combined to help build a wall on the southern border with Mexico, the Defence Department said in a press release.

"Southwest Valley Constructors [of] Albuquerque, New Mexico was awarded a $646,000,000… contract for design and build of Tucson [Arizona] Sector barrier wall," the release said on Wednesday.

A razor-wire-covered border wall separates the United States, at left, from Mexico east of Nogales, Ariz - Sputnik International
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BFBC LLC from the US state of Montana was awarded nearly $142 million to design and build vehicle and pedestrian barriers for projects in El Centro, California and Yuma, Arizona, the release added.

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The Department of Defence has redirected earlier $1.5 billion in funds in order to help pay for the construction of 80 miles of wall along the US-Mexico border to tackle illegal immigration crisis.

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