Armed Mexicans Were Smuggled In to Guard Border Wall, Whistle-Blowers Say

Liz Rogers, a spokeswoman for S.L.S., mentioned in a press release that the corporate didn’t touch upon litigation. Jesse Guzman, the president of Ultimate Concrete, mentioned in a telephone interview on Monday that he was not conscious of the grievance, however he dismissed the accusations.

“Everybody can allege whatever they want to, and that does not make it correct or make it the truth,” he mentioned, including that it was two safety officers who had been offended that “something didn’t go their way.”

A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Greg Davis, mentioned the company didn’t touch upon litigation. “Lack of comment should not be construed as agreement or stipulation with any of the allegations,” he mentioned.

One of the guards, who served as an on-site safety supervisor for the contractors, instructed particular brokers with the F.B.I. that he had found by means of month-to-month audits of staff on the web site in San Diego that lots of the personnel engaged on building and safety weren’t vetted or authorised by Customs and Border Protection.

S.L.S., a main builder of Mr. Trump’s wall, has been awarded contracts price greater than $1.4 billion for work on a number of elements of the border. With these funds, the corporate is claimed to have allowed its subcontractor, Ultimate Concrete, to rent armed Mexicans and facilitate unlawful border crossings that the president has labored to close down.

Ultimate Concrete “constructed a dirt road that would allow access from the Mexican side of the border into the United States,” the whistle-blowers mentioned within the grievance. “This U.C.-constructed road was apparently the route by which the armed Mexican nationals were unlawfully crossing into the United States.”

An S.L.S. undertaking supervisor then pressured one of many whistle-blowers in July 2019 to not embrace details about the Mexican safety guards in experiences required to be submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers.