Here Are the Official Specs for Trump's 'Big, Beautiful' Wall
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 17:38
A pair of contract notices posted online late Friday by Customs and Border Protection provide some specification of what President Donald Trump wants for his "big, handsome wall" at the Mexican border. There are already some 650 miles of fencing at the border where DHS has determined it is most effective. The contract notices describe a "physically imposing" wall that will be made out of reinforced concrete and stand as tall as 30 feet. A 30-foot prototype is expected within a month.
The little walls are supposed to be strong.
The wall must also be able to repel someone equipped with a "sledgehammer, auto jack, pickax, chisel, battery operated impact tools, battery operated cutting tools, . torch or other similar hand-held tools", the government said in its request for bids. They should also be able to span 45 degree slopes, and block tunneling. However, the Department of Homeland Security successfully lobbied to the International Boundary and Water Commission (which manages the treaty) to build a wall in the floodplain in 2012, setting a precedent that could be used against Flores. Once the government has determined a model, the prototypes may be demolished. There was no mention of how the Mexican side should look.
"It shall not be possible for a human to climb to the top of the wall or access the top of the wall from either side unassisted (e.g. via the use of a ladder, etc.)", the requests for proposals said. He wants to provide lights for the wall that many people in Mexico hate. Foes of Trump's plan for a wall hope that forges a potent, if unusual, coalition between people who fret about landowners' rights and others focused on protecting immigrants. The executive order also calls for the construction of new detention facilities at our southern border, which will likely house nonviolent undocumented immigrants at great expense to the taxpayer. This week Mexican lawmakers ramped up pressure on companies to avoid the project.
In an unanimous vote, the Berkeley City Council passed a resolution this week to divest from any company involved with President Donald Trump's border wall. It just might have to do without a lot else. "(T) he MIT Technology Review suggests the cost could be as much as $40 billion". Mexico will pay for it, or it won't.
A spokeswoman for Republican Rep. Pete Sessions responded that Sessions considers Trump's fulminating about a wall an "analogy" for how Trump will "strengthen border security, protect our sovereignty and maintain our nation's rule of law". Various estimates have put the project at between $10 billion and $25 billion. The president's budget request Thursday included $2.6 billion, mostly for the first stages of the wall. though it's unclear if any firms have submitted proposals.
While Trump would have his followers believe that the US-Mexico border was itself dangerously nonexistent prior to his ascension to the presidency - with Mexican "rapists", and other figments of his own imagination, flowing unencumbered into the country en masse - reality tells a very different story. The Mexican government has rejected the possibility.
Both companies have a history of projects in the United States.
Critics of the budget plan were quick to reject its underlying premise that the border is out of control and billions more need to be spent on security issues.
More than 400 companies have expressed interest in building Trump's wall.