DHS Preps RFP for Border Wall Construction Project
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 28, 2017,
Feb 28, 2017, 0:31
A proposed border enforcement agent hiring surge - which would be the largest since the Bush administration - is a questionable allocation of funds based on illegal migrant apprehension statistics, according to former U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials speaking to Reuters reporter Mica Rosenberg.
President Donald Trump's administration is soliciting ideas from contractors on how to build its promised wall between the US and Mexico, a first tangible step toward delivering on the president's signature campaign promise to curb unauthorized immigration.
The Department of Homeland Security has announced plans to begin soliciting pitches for a prototype design of President Trump's proposed wall along the Mexican border. The agency will start requesting bids in early March, calling for companies to submit "concept papers" to design and build prototypes by March 10.
Trump first mentioned the wall during his June 2015 presidential announcement speech, and he often brought it up during his campaign rallies.
"The U.S. 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". No details on where construction will start or how much it will be cost have been released. We're building the wall, we're building the wall. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has sought employees' opinions during border tours of California, Arizona and Texas.
"We've defended other nations' borders while leaving ours wide open, anybody can come in", Trump said.