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Election 2020: Border Wall Construction Firms Victim of Blacklisting

November 2nd, 2020 | by NEWCA

ConstructionDive is doing “a two-part series looking at the ramifications of a Biden win on the contractors and subcontractors that are helping to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall.”

The second article in the series focuses on the unexpected consequences construction companies experienced by participating in construction of the wall: Blacklisting.

What might surprise some though is the source of blacklisting, which was state and local agencies that issued “stark warnings to contractors that they would be banned from doing work in their jurisdictions if they participated in wall construction. Some went as far as promising to exclude those companies that even bid on one of the controversial projects.”

Austin, Texas’ Mayor Steve Adler said in 2018 when his city council passed an ordinance to this effect, “In Austin, we build bridges, now walls”

Now with the possibility of an administration change with Election 2020, ConstructionDive explores if the contentious practice against these contractors would stop if a potential Biden Administration were to stop construction on the wall.

The article does not touch on the larger question: Is such a practice by government entities something they should be engaging in or is it even legal?

You can read the full article here.

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