BROWNSVILLE — One hour.
That is what a group of Houston contractors constructing a prototype border fence in Brownsville say they want with President Donald J. Trump.
The prototype’s design consists of two parallel 8-foot tall chain link fences that create a 30-foot-wide “No Man’s Land.” The fences are equipped with sharp razor coil.
It is not unlike the type of fencing a person would see at a state penitentiary.
“I’ll be honest. I don’t see why the government has any argument against this. All of that (the border fence), what they’ve put there, is a creation of bureaucrats by bureaucrats for bureaucrats, to keep them busy,” Border Wall Builders LLC co-founder Don Cameron said. “It doesn’t stop anybody. Anyone can get over that fence in a minute.”
Cameron says he has four Houston contractors and four of the largest manufacturers in Texas ready to do the job.
Cameron’s prototype was constructed on Rusty Monsees’ property, outside of Brownsville. He contacted Monsees after watching a video of him on YouTube.
Cameron and contractor Robert Young of Bell Fence pay Monsees $550 a month for the use of his land.
The border fence as it is now offers no real deterrent to crossing, other than the risk of being caught. It does not work, Monsees said.
Cameron has broken down the prices for his proposal on his website, borderwallbuilders.com. One mile of fencing will cost about $4 million, he said.
“One contractor would hire about 15 to 20 crews, and each crew would have 10 to 15 people. …It would take a crew about three to four days to construct 500 feet of fencing, and with these four contractors, it would be approximately 10 miles of fencing per week, at a cost of about $40 million a week,” Cameron said.
The fence would be built within 100 feet of the Rio Grande, he said.
“This obtrusive behemoth that the government put there … is 2,000 feet from the water. What on good earth is that doing?” Cameron said. “We’re isolating people here from (first responders).”
Cameron proposes that the current steel fence be recycled and the land be returned to its owners at a rate of $1 per acre.
Cameron has had his fence design in mind since August 2015, two months after Trump announced his bid for presidency. When Trump became president, Cameron said he felt his proposal could really happen.
In December, he purchased Border Wall Builders LLC for $375 and started the website.
The final design calls for two parallel 10-foot-tall chain link fences with 24 inches of razor coil, 8-foot tall razor wall panels and a 7-foot-deep anti-dig barrier. It would have an 8-foot-wide gate to allow Border Patrol and their vehicles to the other side.
It would also support the addition of solar-powered, non-lethal electric shock wires and infrared cameras.
Monsees invites the community to come out and look at the prototype on 4650 Monsees Rd.
“We need to get the people on it, rather than letting Washington decide what’s best for us. … You either like it or you don’t, but at least come look at it,” Monsees said.