Work set to start on already funded border fencing

The U.S. government is getting ready to start building more walls and fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Monday.

Heavy construction equipment is arriving early this week, with the work likely to take place on federal land dedicated as wildlife refuge.

The nonprofit National Butterfly Center posted a photo showing an excavator parked next to its land. Congress last March approved a plan for 33 miles of new barriers in the area, at a cost of $600 million.

President Trump and Democrats remain deadlocked on his demand for $5.7 billion for his promised border wall, which resulted in the recent 35-day partial government shutdown.

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