Hispanic-Owned Businesses Dominate Bids For Trump's 'Xenophobic' Border Wall

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Trump's proposed border wall has been described by many of the left as everything from "xenophobic" to just plain "racist" and pretty much everything in between.  That said, perhaps "equal opportunity employer" would be more accurate in light of a new analysis from the Wall Street Journal that took a look at who has submitted bids to help construct the wall so far...in a little dose of irony for the left, hispanic-owned businesses currently lead the charge with 32 bids.

More than 200 companies have expressed interest in submitting plans to help design and build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, as the Trump administration seeks to fulfill a key campaign promise despite significant obstacles.


The companies, whose names were published on a federal contracting website, vary widely in size and capability—from construction giants like Kiewit Corp. to smaller, family-owned businesses.


Among those interested at this early stage are more than three dozen businesses owned by minorities, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows. Roughly 13% of the companies expected to submit proposals for the wall, for example, are owned by Hispanics.

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One such immigrant-owned business bidding on the border wall is run by Mario Burgos whose father immigrated to the U.S. from Ecuador.

Mario Burgos,  the son of an immigrant, owns an Albuquerque, N.M., construction logistics company and plans to submit a proposal. He said he viewed the project as more geared toward border security than immigration, and a surefire way to boost employment in job-strapped New Mexico.


“I am not against immigrants by any stretch of the imagination,” said Mr. Burgos, whose father came to the U.S. from Ecuador. “There isn’t a country in the world that doesn’t have borders and doesn’t want to enforce them.”


Mr. Burgos noted that his company, Burgos Group LLC, which holds various defense contracts with federal agencies, has handled projects in southern New Mexico near the border and was familiar with operating in remote, rugged locations.

Meanwhile the owner of Helix Steel said he's not worried about the potential political fallout, saying "if fighting for American jobs is wrong, I’ll take that risk."

Other interested businesses have niche specialties, like Leesburg, Va.-based Helix Steel. Chief Executive Chris Doran said Helix’s products, which make concrete more resistant to blasts and other stresses, would suit what he called a “massive opportunity.”


Mr. Doran, whose company has about 50 employees, said he wasn’t concerned with fallout from participating in the project. “All I can say is I’m fighting for American jobs, and if fighting for American jobs is wrong, I’ll take that risk,” he said.

Of course, as we noted last week, just as Trump sent out RFP's for his impenetrable, yet "aesthetically pleasing", 30-foot border wall, Mexico's government warned Mexican companies that it would not be in their best "interests" to participate in the project even though there will be no explicit legal restrictions or sanctions to stop them if they tried.  Per Reuters:

"We're not going to have laws to restrict (companies), but I believe considering your reputation it would undoubtedly be in your interest to not participate in the construction of the wall," said Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo.


"There won't be a law with sanctions, but Mexicans and Mexican consumers will know how to value those companies that are loyal to our national identity and those that are not," Guajardo added.


His comments echo those of Mexico's foreign minister Luis Videgaray, who said on Friday that Mexican companies that see a business opportunity in the wall should "check their conscience" first.

Seems like the list of 'racist' companies in this country is growing very quickly.

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SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

How ironic. The list of bidders so far, looks like a melting pot of immigrants and minority's...the Demonflake ex-constituents. Ha!

Zero Point's picture

Meh, that's garbage. You obviously have no idea how construction works. The client regularly inspects works before handover. And they're usually nitpicking bastards.

Déjà view's picture

Press UNO for 10m high...DOS for 10ft high...

Si Señor!

Nemontel's picture

Most of those "Hispanics" are white immigrants from Latin America with real life experience of their own nations peoples. They know where America will go if we don't stop illegal immigration.


fleur de lis's picture

The Republicans needs to start posting photos of Mexico's southern border wall.

Mexico does not want illegals pouring over their southern border and disappearing into various cities.

Mexico does want an open northern border to allow illegals pouring into America.

The stupid MSM should put down the Russian Fairy Tales book and start asking real questions about Mexico's borders and its harsh policies on illegals who enter.




fattail's picture

Nitpicking bastards refer to it as a punch list.  And it gets completed to customer satisfaction before you get paid.

Buck Johnson's picture

Exacty, I've done it and many people I know have done it also to contractors.  You will nitpick and pick until they get it right.  Also those businesses don't want to jepordize or get black balled from the govt. in having contracts if they mess up on this.  They won't risk fucking up their money.  Yea hispanic this and that black this and that, but at the end of the day your not sacrificing tens if not hundreds of millions for border jumpers even if they are your people.


poeg's picture

It's called a "turnover package" genius which are everything you did in your portion of the contract and the blueprints/reports/signoffs for it. Think of 4.2GB of PDF and a printed set of the entire job. The contracts contain conditions for "clawbacks" as well which come out of your payment for the contract. Anything out of spec time/material/delays/inspection short comings etc are cause for one. I've personally witnessed $600K on one $5,400,000 portion of a mine site construction and the end of that year across job sites total hitting just shy of $7,000,000.

Being in the industry to talk about the industry should be a rule at Zerohedge. Comercial construction is a bloodsport these days. Been there to see companies bankrupted through completing large jobs with a razor thin margin and being bled out by clawbacks.

Raffie's picture


Soon the snowflakes will come and call this company racitst.

Ajas's picture

The wall isn't racist... It's just a galactic waste of money for a project that won't achieve its goal.

I'm all for strong borders, but if you really fear The Mexicans, you're about 2 decades too late.

AVmaster's picture

Its not just the mexicans my narrow minded friend...


It's everyone.


But, most importantly, it has become a security blanket, phycologically, to feel safe and secure in our own little part of the world while the rest is obviously burning.


It's alright, I know you won't get it. But you will, maybe... When ur 30 years older...

man of Wool's picture

If the Mexicans get the work they will view it as a bonus. Good money, regular work. 

You're right about it being a waste of money. The BGs just need to step up a gear. Secure border.

Silver Savior's picture

I think the wall is very racist and a complete waste of money. 

Silver Savior's picture

If you were to ask me I would say that this is looking a lot like a big clown joke.

alphasammae's picture

what is the wall going to do? El Chapo got out of jail twice and 1 mile tunnel 20' deep and hundred guards protecting the jail. Anyone who wants to go across the border the wall wont stop him. Man ingenuity when in need will do anything, it gets done. Will the wall extend 20 miles out into the ocean too? Personally the wall will mark the end of the West open spaces with an ugly structure disturbing nature. Trump does not see the beauty of the West as he grew up and is used to all the grafitti in NYC walls. Look how ugly that wall is in Israel it makes Israel look worse than Tijuana. Some of these areas where the wall will travel there is nothing but desert people wanting to cross will just pay the coyotes that make money on both sides of the border and they cross walking through the gates or in a pullman bus. What a waste of money. There are more ilegals crossing with drugs through Canada than Mexico.

DeepFriedLizards's picture

Maybe El Chapo could do it, but the normal illegal can't.  Your logic does not exist.

poeg's picture

Yeah, run part of the grid for the states in question along the footings of your wall. Dig all you want.

headless blogger's picture

Dictator Trump will finish off America.

Never trust a guy who has a botched Face-lift, as Trump obviously had a face lift attempted. He's got that melted face look that many older women have.

NewHugh's picture

You and your other aliases, and obvious troll.  SUCK IT, LOSER!

headless blogger's picture

Everyone's a Troll if they don't agree with YOU. Trump is a big mistake and you will find out the hard way, I guess.

poeg's picture

Speaking of melting faces, how's Hillary doing?

Takemine2go's picture

A wall will help but cutting off the gibs and instant deportation along with taking all their assets will help more. 

GeorgeJetson's picture

To ensure the bidders will actually sign and execute the wall construction contract, insist on a bid bond and a performance bond. The shortlist of bidders should eliminate unqualified or disinterested bogus bidders trying to delay or stop the Wall.

Build That Wall!

Dickweed Wang's picture

You can't even get on the federal government vendor site without first submitting reams of qualifications and other pre-screening paperwork.  I handled that part of our work at one of the nations largest engineering firms.  All the bidders would have pre-qualified with proof of bond-ability.  In the case of some of the smaller firms they will likely seek to joint venture or sub-contract to a larger firm if necessary if their bond rating is not high enough.  From what I've been able to gather the project is being broken down into small packages to be as inclusive as possible.  The logistic challenges are enormous . . . think of building a vertical 3 lane highway spanning 1,500 miles in the middle of the fucking desert and you'll get the gist of it.  IMO they will likely end up using pre-cast concrete panels similar to those used in tilt-wall construction.  It's a proven technology and is used everywhere in the USA for border/sound proofing walls along interstate highways.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

of course the wall won't do it..and to help us all..all the anti wall folks cry about it,  cause it can't stop em no no it will never work, so the la raza trolls tell us ..they fight it night and day - cause it will never work, makes sense No?

WinstonSmith1984's picture

Ahh, WHAT bullshit.

Over 200 companies are on the list but the graphic only totals 112.

More fake news

poeg's picture

Actually who the hell answers a call from some jackass asking if your company is "mostly white". What did they do for those mix race folks? "I know your dad was white-ish-icky but your mom was Inuit so can I put you down as Aboriginal?"

NMA's picture

As i said ages ago.... even the wall will be built by mexicans....... guess i was right..... 

iamerican4's picture

The greatest power opposing the Wall is the Roman Anti-Christ we Black and White "whigs" fled in express covenant with the Creator to establish the Hebrew prophet Isaiah's "Israel Restored": the prophesied Zion.

The Anti-Christ's illegal immigration-promoting pedo homo Fifth Column Beast of (((Gog))) and Babylon will do its best to subvert Mr. Trump, whether through Organized Crime, Soros, the Koch brothers, or the Rothschild/Rockefeller FedScam.

One Creator - One Creed - One People

Annuit Coeptis - Novus Ordo Seclorum - E  Pluribus Unum

Death for Treason 

roadhazard's picture

There will be no, "beautiful wall."

RenoCarlino's picture

This is not a surprise. Hispanic Americans (i.e Hispanics who went in legally, got a citizenship and genuinely want to be Americans) are in strongly support of Donald Trump and actually hate illegals. 

Silver Savior's picture

So in the cutting edge 21st century we are building a fucking wall to close ourselves in? Yeah man this is so damn classy. If we are going to do that we might as well sell the statue of liberty for scrap to pay for it. Think about it. We have the statue of liberty on one end of the country and building a wall on the other. I am disgusted.

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Sledge-hammer (not verified) Mar 31, 2017 5:21 PM

As a half-Messican, I am in full support of Our Glorious Trumpenfuhrer.  I have relatives in Mexico and have been to Mexico.  They can keep it.  Been to other third-world countries too.  They can keep those too.  The U.S. is the last bastion of civilization in the world. This was best summarized by General Maximus, "I have seen much of the rest of the world.  It is brutal, cruel, and dark. America is the light."   We can not have a First-World nation with Third-World people.  Sorry if there are delicate snow-flakes who can not comprehend that.