by Countable | 6.29.17
Workers are getting started on President Trump’s border wall -- or really, as many as eight of them.
The concrete walls are experimental prototypes of the much larger one the Trump administration plans to build on the US-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security took private building proposals for the project, requiring that plans include 30-foot-high concrete walls with features that discourage climbing, tunneling, tampering and damage.
Customs and Border Protection is currently evaluating proposals, and plans to start building the prototypes San Diego as soon as the end of summer, the LA Times reported.
At the pace of construction planned for next year, it would take more than 15 years to build a wall along more than 1,300 miles of border, much of it rugged and remote, that don’t have physical barriers now.
President Trump’s budget request to Congress for fiscal year 2018 includes $2.6 billion for border security. The total cost of the border wall, according to the Department of Homeland Security, would be some $21.6 billion.
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This is a nonsense campaign promise and a SERIOUS WASTE OF TAX PAYER MONEY. Give us healthcare instead.
This is not necessary and a waste of our tax dollars which should be used to fix our crumbling infrastructure and programs to help those in our country. I do not want this. We need to be fiscally responsible!!
A border wall has got to be one of the stupidest ideas ever!! We have a nation divided, a totally uncertain health care system, a sub standard educational system, increasing distrust between law enforcement and the citizenry, and a breakdown of trust between the American people and their elected officials. Surely that should keep you busy enough. In my opinion if you feel the need to make draconian cuts to Medicaid then a border wall is an unnecessary extravagance even if it would make the president happy! Please get your priorities straight!!!
21.6 billion for a wall. Seems to me I could undo a lot of disrespect to a former ally, pay for Meals on Wheels, pay for Head Start, give money back to the National Endowment for the Arts so we can all watch PBS and NPR and Sesame Street, we could fund Planned Parenthood's women health services and family planning, we could pay for school lunch programs, better fund the park services, NOAA,CDC, and dozens of other agencies and programs if we just didn't spend this money on this ridiculous wall. I'd rather feed and clothe and educate our population plus maybe a few more than waste money hurting, starving, and forcing our own to live in ignorance and soullessness while we build a monument to Trump. I'm against this.
WASTE. OF. MONEY! The border will also impeded on the migrations of animals and in that sense horrible for the environment. Nothing but bad things will come of this. This is NOT where my tax dollars should go to. Fix the roads. Fix the bridges. Forget this dumb wall!
We spent decades opposed to the wall in Germany. Even Reagan said tear it down. Don't you dare support this horrible waste of tax payer money. We k ow Mexico will not pay in any way shape or form. NO WALLS NO BANS
Should we really be spending Americans hard earned money on a wall that isn't going to make a difference? This is NOT where our tax dollars should go! This money should be used for affordable healthcare for ALL Americans. Something that should be a basic human right for all of us! Please, please put this ahead of everything.
This is the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard. Make trump pay for it out of his money not ours.
I know it is a campaign promise. I know Donnie said Mexico would pay for it. So how about Donnie pays for it out of his pocket and Mexico pays him back rather than the US paying for it and waiting for Mexico to pay up.
Illegal immigration? Like my great, great,...,great grandmother who came over on the Mayflower? Our country didn't have immigration laws until the people of incorrect DNA and religion began flowing in. The Baby Boom proved that the more customers we have to buy our Chinese Fords, the stronger our economy becomes. Imagine how much stronger our economy would be with open borders and a streamlined path to citizenship. All this over a ricochet...didn't a cop just 'murder' a kid chasing a dog like that? Can't have it both ways folks.
No need for a wall, people from other countries no longer want to come here. Trump & his sycophants are the wall.
I want the names of all the companies who participate in this so I can boycott them
This border wall is asinine! It is a massive waste of taxpayer dollars. And let's be clear - I don't believe for one second this is about protection. It's nothing but racism masked as nationalism.
Please tell me this isn't real. Do you really think this is a good way to deal with foreign affairs? We're making a lot of enemies right now.
The complications of building this wall rival that of the healthcare bill. This is a Trump vanity project and has nothing to go with the safety and security of our country. Pew Data reports that the further people live from the border, the more they're in favor or the wall. So those Midwesterners with hysteria over "drugs pouring in over the border" are more keen on the idea than Texans. We have huge infrastructure problems and opportunities where the money could be better spent. It's amazing that we want to examine every person on food stamps but will throw money at the military and this ridiculous "most beautiful" wall that Mexico is most definitely not going to pay for. Let's focus on a pathway to citizenship; we need the labor.
The border wall is the most ridiculous, insane waste of taxpayer money I have ever heard of. What is happening to my country? What has happened to our welcoming spirit. When I think of a wall like this the Berlin Wall comes to mind. Just stop this before it goes any further, please.
@dee. Learn your history. In an effort to stem the tide of refugees attempting to leave East Berlin, the communist government of East Germany built the Berlin Wall to divide East and West Berlin. To impose their will on the German citizens. Not protect the sovereignty of a nation by protecting and enforcing our borders.
Build it high and build it wide and patrol it relentlessly!!!
21.6 billion just for construction. That doesn't include annual maintenance or payroll for patrolling it. And of course, roughly half of undocumented immigrants come in on airplanes, so it's not going to stop anything. But let's pretend that it magically stops all undocumented immigration. Anyone feel like paying $10/pound for strawberries because farmers can't find enough workers to pick them and they rot in the field? And of course there's the alienation of a close ally. Oh but wait, in a maximum of four years, construction halts because the next president won't be a xenophobic moron.
Absolute nonsense. None wants to come to the US anymore. The people that were born here don't want to stay. Please the money could be used for so many other more worthy purposes. Like single payer health care. No Wall!