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DOJ Tried to Hide Border Wall Report

December 03, 2022 (1 min read)

Jeremy Schwartz, Perla Trevizo, Texas Tribune, ProPublica, Dec. 2, 2022

"A private border wall built along the Rio Grande in South Texas could collapse during extreme flooding, according to a federally commissioned inspection report that the government sought to keep secret for more than a year. The 404-page report, produced by the global engineering firm Arcadis, confirms previous reporting from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune. It also shows for the first time that the federal government independently found structural problems with the border fencing before reaching a settlement agreement with the builder, Fisher Industries, in May. ... A DOJ spokesperson declined to answer specific questions about the settlement or about why the government fought the release of the report. The news organizations obtained the report on Nov. 15 after multiple Freedom of Information Act requests and 15 months of back-and-forth with the federal government, which initially denied the request. The DOJ reversed course and released the report after ProPublica attorneys threatened legal action."