While the construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico has triggered plenty of opposition from the Mexican government, one Mexican business has expressed a willingness to provide assistance in the wall’s construction.
Cemex, one of the largest manufacturers of cement worldwide, said Wednesday it would be willing and able to provide the cement for the project.
When asked if the company would provide an estimate for the work, Cemex President Rogelio Zanbrano told the Reforma newspaper, “We will gladly do it.”
Zanbrano said he was not aware if any other companies were interested in participating in the endeavor.
On Feb. 24, the federal government posted to its website the preliminary requirements for companies interested in vying for the opportunity to assist in constructing the border wall.
The prerequisite states that for a business to be considered for the project, a prototype concept paper must be submitted by March 10, with a formal request for consideration no later than March 24.
As of Tuesday, 225 businesses had expressed interest in submitting the necessary documentation for the government to consider.
Among the companies on the list are major construction compaines such as Caddell, and engineering firms like Raytheon.
Also included on the list are several small businesses.
Many of the small businesses are owned by Hispanic-Americans who may face criticism for their willingness to help with the contruction.
Since taking office in January, President Trump has remained adamant that a border would be erected as a means “to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism.”
While speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, Trump reaffirmed his commitment to the project.
“We’re building the wall,” Trump said. “In fact it’s going to start very soon. Way ahead of schedule. It’s way, way, way ahead of schedule.
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