Border wall costs increase as Trump takes credit for F-35

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will soon be accepting submissions for designs of President Donald Trump's long-promised border wall. That would be followed by the request for proposals to firm up exactly how much constructing the wall would cost.

The proposed wall would cover the almost 2,000-mile long border between the two countries. "We're building a wall".

The White House has said Trump has a "buffet of options" to make Mexico to pay for the wall, including imposing a 20 percent tax on all imports from Mexico. The Government Accountability Office estimates it would cost on average $6.5 million a mile for a fence to keep out people who try to enter on foot and $1.8 million a mile for vehicle barriers.

Pointing to the internal DHS estimates, Stodder added "I have no confidence Congress will authorize $20 billion to build a wall across the USA given the current budgetary environment".

"President Trump wants to build a wall and he would like Mexico to pay for it".

A CBP spokesperson, speaking on background, confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the notice "is directly related to" Trump's January 25 executive order on the construction of the border wall - a major campaign promise.

"The wall will be built where it's needed first, and then it will be filled in", Kelly told Fox News.

Neal, who floated the idea of instead establishing a guest worker initiative or a pathway to legal citizenship for immigrants now living in the country illegally, said his visit reenforced his previous conclusion "that building a wall around the Mexican-American border would be ill-considered".

  • Leroy Wright