Two whistle-blowers accused contractors building President Donald Trump’s border wall of smuggling armed Mexican security teams into the U.S. to guard construction sites, building an illegal dirt road to speed the operation, reports the New York Times. The two employees accused the company, Sullivan Land Services Co., as well as a subcontractor, Ultimate Concrete of El Paso, of hiring workers who were not vetted by the federal government, overcharging for construction costs and making false statements about those actions. The whistle-blowers said Ultimate Concrete build a dirt road to expedite illegal border crossings to sites in San Diego, using construction vehicles to block security cameras.
Trump failed to make good on his promise to make Mexico pay for the wall, but the administration apparently did rely on Mexican workers for the project, potentially at the expense of Americans. The allegations came to light as data showed that a border wall that Trump advertised as “impenetrable” has continued to prove very penetrable. In fact, it has been repeatedly breached by migrants, requiring repairs that the whistle-blowers say were completed by workers who were not authorized to be on the job. Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show that Border Patrol agents have struggled to prevent migrants from breaching the wall. Between October 2019 and March 2020, the concrete bollards of the wall were breached more than 320 times in the Border Patrol sectors of San Diego, Tucson; El Centro, Ca., and Yuma, Az. One guard who served as an on-site security manager for the contractors, told FBI agents he had discovered through monthly audits of workers in San Diego that many personnel working on construction and security were not vetted by Customs and Border Protection.