Tuesday, 25 July, 2017

Homeland Security Dept. requests designs for Mexico border wall

Hidalgo Texas. There has been great speculation on exactly where a border wall promised by President Trump would be built near the Rio Grande which Getty Images Where would the wall go? A road crew improves a road along the US-Mexico border in Hidalgo Texas. T
Howard Terry | 20 March, 2017, 00:34

Those two phases would cost $5 billion. "Needless to say, this would be a tremendous economic stimulus and jobs program for Hidalgo County and the Nation".

The government has not said where the wall will be built, though the contract notices suggest that some pieces of a new wall could replace existing fencing that stretches about 700 miles of the roughly 2,000-mile border.

But amid intense political pressure, on March 16 the company confirmed that it would not be involved in the project.

"Offerers should consider this height, but designs with heights of at least 18 feet may be acceptable", the proposal documents said. One is for a solid concrete structure, the other see-through. Puebla-based lighting company Ecovelocity was the lone Mexican firm that registered on the US government website to submit a bid to work on the wall.

His eight to 9 foot fence design includes bullet proof camera housings, sensors, and a no man's land to deter illegal crossers.

Donald Trump's Mexican border wall will be nine metres high, hard to cut through and look good - at least from the United States side - according to documents posted online.

Multiple contracts to build wall prototypes will then be issued, the government has said. The Trump administration also included plans in the proposal for the border wall to be pleasing on the eye.

However, Americans living close to the Trump border wall should be able to see something a little nicer than a colossal monstrosity from their bedroom windows, according to officials.

Cuellar's comments came during a press conference under an aerostat, a balloon or blimp equipped with infrared, high-resolution cameras used for surveillance along the border near Rio Grande City. Each prototype is expected to cost between $200,000 and $500,000, the government notice said.

Finally, the little walls are supposed to be pretty - at least on the US side of the border. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, and Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, who launched a campaign calling for bridges not walls.

Trump's border wall was one of his central campaign promises, as was his pledge to make Mexico pay for it.

The president's budget proposal for the fiscal year starting in October calls for a 19-percent increase in immigration judges to 449 positions. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) said in January that the wall would cost between $12 billion and $15 billion, though other estimates have put the price tag as high $25 billion.

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