Published: Thu, March 02, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

The Department of Homeland Security issues presolicitation for the border wall

Trump said the cost could be around $12 billion, and House Speaker Paul Ryan floated the number $15 billion. That list is to be whittled down in ten days, with the finalists notified on March 20. There are now 354 miles of pedestrian fencing and 300 miles of vehicle barriers, much of it built during President George W. Bush's second term.

President Donald Trump said there would be a "great, great wall" along the Mexican border - but didn't say Mexico would pay.

"We will soon begin the construction of a great, great wall along our southern border", Trump told lawmakers in an address to a joint session of Congress.

"The Dept. of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intends on issuing a solicitation in electronic format on or about March 6, 2017 for the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico", states the presolicitation. "An option for additional miles may be included in each contract award".

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According to a report on NBC News, Mexico's Cemex, which is one of the world's largest cement producers, has offered to provide raw materials for the proposed Border Wall.

Although the presidents plan to build the wall has been welcomed by some Congressional Republicans and supporters, it has caused a diplomatic crisis with Mexico, whose president, Enrique Peña Nieto, cancelled an official visit to the U.S. at the end of last month.

For every Mexican peso provided by migrant workers, Mexico's federal, state and municipal governments contribute an additional peso in what's known as the "3×1" program. "We're building a wall".

"We want all Americans to succeed, but that can't happen in an environment of lawless chaos", Trump said. The good news? Because there is heightened interest, the wall will likely be built for less than originally estimated.

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