On Friday, the Trump administration put forward the requirement of the border wall President Donald Trump pledged to build while campaigning for president. Solicitations have already been going out for contractors, and some of those responding are going to have liberals up in arms.
According to Homeland Security spokesmen, the border wall is to be as tall as 30 feet high, but no shorter than 18 feet, in order to deter illegal immigrants looking to cross the border. The wall is to also be at least six feet beneath the ground, allegedly to prevent tunneling underneath it.
Additionally, the structure must take at least an hour, preferably four hours, to punch a hole through the wall. In theory, this is to provide enough time for border patrol agents to respond and prevent them from breaking through.
The wall must also be able to withstand a “sledgehammer, car jack, pick axe, chisel, battery operated impact tools, battery operated cutting tools, Oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools.”
On the US side, the structure must also be “aesthetically pleasing,” according to documents.
“The wall design shall be physically imposing in height,” state the documents.
Proposals for the wall are being accepted for both concrete and non-concrete walls.
The Washington Times adds:
The contracting documents don’t give a hint as to the eventual scope of the wall, but Mr. Trump’s budget suggested it would in fact run the nearly 2,000 miles of the border. And the documents did call for designs that would work on a 45-degree slope, indicating a desire to build fencing even along mountainous areas where the border patrol had previously thought barriers unnecessary.
Currently about 654 miles of the border have a barrier — 354 miles of that is a type of pedestrian fence, while the other 300 miles are vehicle barriers designed to stop cars and trucks, but which easily let people and animals through.
The existing pedestrian fencing varies in design, but types of fence that have alternative slats allowing Border Patrol agents to see through to the Mexican side are preferred because they help cut down on ambushes by rock-throwers, according to a recent government audit.
Nearly 700 companies have registered as potential vendors for the wall project. Contractors have been given until March 29 to submit proposals for the first phase of the build.
What’s interesting is that at least one Mexican company is considering bidding. In my opinion, that one should not be considered on the basis that Trump is supposed to be doing what is right for America. Additionally, 133 companies who have submitted proposals are listed as owned by minorities, which include 39 that are Hispanic-owned. Eight of the proposals come from companies owned by US veterans.
President Trump has repeatedly claimed that Mexico will pay for the wall as part of his promise to build the wall. However, this money that is being requested is coming from you and me, and had already been allocated in years past during the Bush administration, but was apparently spent elsewhere. I want to know if the administration starts to make good on its promise that Mexico will, in fact, pay for the wall, will the American people be reimbursed with interest or not?
While there is no question that this is a fulfillment of a Trump campaign promise, one wonders when an even better solution to dealing with illegal immigration will be considered, one that eliminates the welfare state. Are we going to see that as a secondary means of dealing with both illegals and citizens during a Trump presidency? That remains to be seen.