BORDER REGION, United States (Reuters) – Construction company United States Construction (USCC) on Wednesday awarded a $2 million contract to build the United States’ first high-voltage power plant in a border region that has been a focus of the Trump administration’s border wall push.
U.S. Construction said the $2 billion project will be the largest-ever USCC construction project in the state of New Mexico and a first of its kind for the region, which has seen hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants enter the United Sates and enter the state illegally.
The company said the project would be funded with federal, state and local funding.
“The new power plant will be built with American-made steel, and will produce a steady stream of electricity to the communities of New York, Arizona and California,” the company said in a statement.
“Our state is home to more than 10 million undocumented immigrants, and the United State’s Border Patrol agents have had a hard time keeping up with the flow of migrants who have crossed the border into our state.”
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has said her administration would not allow the construction of any new border wall.
But her administration faces criticism from Democrats and Republicans for its push to build a $12 billion barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.