DHS requests proposals for border wall; cost could exceed $21 billion

Have a hammer and know how to use it? The Department of Homeland Security wants you to submit a proposal to build President Trump’s “big, beautiful wall!”

On Friday, the DHS issued a request seeking architectural proposals for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Specifications for the proposed wall include a height of 30 feet with the barrier being dug at least six feet into the ground. One request calls for a concrete wall, while another wants contractors to come up with a design that is see-through.

The wall most be made out of material that will take at least an hour to compromise by “sledgehammer, car jack, pick axe, chisel, battery operated impact tools, battery operated cutting tools, Oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools.”

Companies bidding on the project will be tasked with building an example of their work in San Diego. According to Bloomberg, the federal government has decided that while they would like the wall to be at least 30 feet, some designs of at least 18 feet may be considered. In case one was worried the wall may look out of place, the DHS is asking for designs that are “aesthetically pleasing in color.”

Congressional Republicans have estimated the project will cost $12 billion in federal expenses. However, a leaked report prepared internally by DHS for Secretary John Kelly puts the cost at $21 billion, almost double what figures have been publicly released.

The Trump administration released their FY 2018 budget proposal recently which included a request for a $2.6 billion down payment for the expansive project. Trump’s “skinny budget” drastically slashed funding to many other government agencies including the EPA, HUD and Health and Human Services.

President Trump seems to be moving quickly on his most infamous campaign promise to build a physical barrier on the U.S. southern border. However, as Congress holds the purse strings, Trump will have to negotiate and work with the legislative branch rather than just issuing an executive order, as he appears to be fond of doing.

It is unclear whether or not Congress will give Trump the funds he has requested, or if they have some logistical questions about the project.

At least Trump can take solace in the fact that ladders are built no greater than 15 feet tall, or this might seem to be an idiotic plan.

 

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