Contractors building President Donald Trump’s border wall smuggled armed Mexican security guards into the U.S. to protect the construction sites, according to court documents unsealed by a federal judge on Friday detailing allegations from two whistleblowers.
The New York Times reports:
The two employees, who were both contracted to provide security at the sites, accused the company, Sullivan Land Services Co., or S.L.S. — as well as a subcontractor, Ultimate Concrete of El Paso — of hiring workers who were not vetted by the United States government, overcharging for construction costs and making false statements about those actions.
The whistle-blowers said Ultimate Concrete went so far as to build a dirt road to expedite illegal border crossings to sites in San Diego, using construction vehicles to block security cameras. An unnamed supervisor at the Army Corps of Engineers approved the operation, according to a complaint filed in February and released on Friday.
S.L.S., a primary builder of Mr. Trump’s wall, has been awarded contracts worth more than $1.4 billion for work on multiple parts of the border. With those funds, the company is said to have allowed its subcontractor, Ultimate Concrete, to hire armed Mexicans and facilitate illegal border crossings that the president has worked to shut down.
The Times reported that it was unable to verify the allegations, which were “made by a former deputy sheriff in San Diego County and a former F.B.I. special agent providing security for the wall construction.”
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