Donald Trump Wants 30-Foot High Wall at Mexico Border
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 22:28
"The wall design shall be physically imposing in height", Customs and Border Protection outlined in the notice for contractors.
The request for proposals issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency are a first step toward the multibillion-dollar wall project.
One of the contract requests calls for a solid concrete wall, while the other asks for proposals for a see-through structure.
The north side of the wall, which will face the United States, "shall be aesthetically pleasing in colour, anti-climb texture, etc., to be consistent with general surrounding environment". That means 30 feet tall, although the officials wrote that "designs with heights of at least 18 feet may be acceptable". The government is asking for a 9-meter-high concrete barrier, extending 2 meters underground, built to be "physically imposing" and capable of resisting nearly any attack, "by sledgehammer, vehicle jack, pickaxe, chisel, battery-operated impact tools, battery-operated cutting tools [or] oxy/acetylene torch".
"I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall".
Among the requirements is that the wall be "aesthetically pleasing in color" and blend into or match the surrounding landscape on the USA side. In addition, the wall should also run at least six feet into the ground to deter attempts to tunnel underneath the wall in order to get to the other side.
The north side of the wall, which faces the USA, "shall be aesthetically pleasing in color, anti-climb texture, etc., to be consistent with general surrounding environment". Border Patrol agents are constantly repairing holes in the structure.
A workable choice could be pre-casted concrete panels, rising 20 feet high and set at least five feet underground, would extend 10 feet, and could be lined up with reinforced steel along roughly 2,000 miles of border.
The prototypes will be used to decide upon a design for the wall that ultimately is constructed along the border. A preliminary version of the president's budget for government for fiscal 2018, beginning in October, was sent to Congress this week, and it included $2.6 billion for the beginning of wall construction.