On April 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) published the contracts and modified contracts they have with third party companies. At the very bottom of the long list was a modification to a contract the DoD had with Fisher Sand & Gravel Company, Dickinson, North Dakota. The contract was for border wall work in Yuma, Arizona, “for approximately 800 linear feet of 30-foot bollard barrier, roads, drainage improvements, lighting, closed-circuit TV, Type A fiber optic cable and Type B fiber optic cable.” The work is scheduled to be done by the end of 2020. That 800 feet of border wall fence will only cost $7,633,085.
If the name Fisher Sand & Gravel Company of North Dakota rings a bell, that’s because this is the same company that Trump reportedly kept pushing on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers back in 2019. This is the same company with bids, officials wrote the president, that “did not meet the operational requirements of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and its prototype project came in late and over budget.” This is the same company that ended up miraculously getting awarded a $400 million contract to build some of the border wall across an Arizona Wildlife Refuge. This is the same company with the $400 million contract that prompted an investigation by the Defense Department’s inspector general—which is still ongoing.