DHS Report: Trump "Wall" To Cost $22 Billion, Take 3.5 Years To Build

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Offering the first official glimpse of the parameters of Trump's "wall" along the US-Mexican border, an internal Department of Homeland Security report seen by Reuters reveals that the structure would be a series of fences and walls that would cost as much as $21.6 billion, and take some three and a half years to construct. The proposed cost is much higher than the $12-billion figure cited by Trump during his campaign and also higher than the $15 billion cited by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. This latest leaked report is expected to be presented to DHS Secretary John Kelly in the coming days, although the administration will not necessarily take the actions it recommends.

Allegedly the new border wall will be completed in three phases, with the first phase covering only 26 miles around the easily accessible areas surrounding San Diego, CA and El Paso, Texas.  Among other things, starting with the easiest and most accessible sections of the wall will allow President Trump to declare an early victory on a key campaign promise.   

Phase two of the project would cover another 151 miles around other large border cities while phase three would effectively seal off the border.

The plan lays out what it would take to seal the border in three phases of construction of fences and walls covering just over 1,250 miles (2,000 km) by the end of 2020.


With 654 miles (1,046 km) of the border already fortified, the new construction would extend almost the length of the entire border.


The report said the first phase would be the smallest, targeting sections covering 26 miles (42 km) near San Diego, California; El Paso, Texas; and in Texas's Rio Grande Valley.


The second phase of construction proposed in the report would cover 151 miles (242 km) of border in and around the Rio Grande Valley; Laredo, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; El Paso, Texas and Big Bend, Texas. The third phase would cover an unspecified 1,080 miles (1,728 km), essentially sealing off the entire U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump Wall


Of course, getting funding for the wall is likely one of the easier challenges the President will face from Democrats who will be all too eager to throw up every roadblock possible to thwart it's construction.  A source familiar with the plans told Reuters that DHS will almost certainly face environment challenges and may have to go to court to seek eminent domain in order to acquire some of the private land needed to cover the final and most ambitious phase of construction.

The report assumes DHS would get funding from Congress by April or May, giving the department sufficient time to secure contractors and begin construction by September.


Several U.S. congressional delegations are visiting the border this month to assess funding needs, according to several people familiar with the travel plans.


The report shows the U.S. government has begun seeking waivers to address environmental laws on building in some areas. It also shows the government has begun working with existing contractors and planning steel purchases for the project.


In addition to seeking eminent domain and environmental waivers, the U.S. government would also have to meet the requirements of the International Boundary and Water Commission, a U.S.-Mexico pact over shared waters. The report estimated that agreement alone could bring the cost from $11 million per mile to $15 million per mile in one area.

DHS and White House representatives refused to comment on the alleged report saying they do "not comment on or confirm the potential existence of pre-decisional, deliberative documents" and that it would be "premature" to comment on a report that has not officially been presented to the president.

And while Reuters notes fairly extensive details about cost estimates and staging of construction, there is no mention of how/if/when U.S. taxpayers will be reimbursed the $22 billion price tag by Mexico.  We're awaiting official confirmation from Vicente Fox on when he expects Mexico to cut a check.

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Uzda Farce's picture
Uzda Farce (not verified) Feb 9, 2017 8:18 PM

Tax the $25B in annual "remittances" sucked out of the US economy at 50% to pay for the wall and expedited deportations


johngaltfla's picture

Worth every penny of it. Add $200 million for claymores and I'll overpay my taxes happily.

cossack55's picture

Roger that. Cheap at any price

The_Juggernaut's picture

That's a hell of a bargain compared to all of Obama's wars.

Never One Roach's picture

"I hate spending money building things, reparing the infrastructure, making Americans safer and creating jobs for Americans. It's just too patriotic."


Stuck on Zero's picture

I think we spend more than that incarcerating illegals who have committed crimes over here.

Ballin D's picture

Pays for itself in around two months

J S Bach's picture

$22 billion... no problem!  That's about what we gift to Israel every year.  At least with this 22B, we'll actually GET something for it.

Mareka's picture

Obama accumulated new debt at $104 Billion per month for 8 years.

$22 Billion wall equals 6.5 days of Obama Debt.

D Nyle's picture

I want the Deluxe Package: Gun turrets, A moat, rabid dogs and Liberal Human Shields

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) D Nyle Feb 9, 2017 10:08 PM

Damn, that's CHEAP!  A 17 mile highway near me cost $4 BILLION to build.  Built it, and build it fast.

BullyBearish's picture

Why is the wall so important?  Because it's being built to keep us in...

Dancing Disraeli's picture

Well then, beat the rush and go to Mexico now.  Hasta la vista!

Carl Spackler's picture

Bullybearish...I feel sorry for you.

You went to the wrong web site.

You should have gone to www.zeroclue.com !

Vageling's picture

A fools argument. A wall doesn't keep anyone out. It is an obstacle. Same if you want to go out. An obstacle. If you learned shit in life, like most of us, a rope gets you pretty far. Remember it's only an obstacle to overcome. Low IQ fools will have quite the trouble. Others see it for what it is. An minor obstacle. 

Vageling's picture

Cheap? I smell cronyism. Trump needs to bash them and breathe down their necks as Putin does. 27 KM costs $4 billion? That is a rip-off. 

3,5 Years? For that amount of money? Rip-off. Are they trying to build the Chinese wall or something? 

makinbacon's picture

The math says....on a 3' thick x 25' high wall concrete wall....$600 sq ft for labor....$45 sq yd materials.

Out of all your construction costs ....concrete will be the biggest rip-off.

My last quote...the contractor was making about $1000 hr....Juan & crew were making $250 a day.

A Nanny Moose's picture

...and mutated Sea Bass. Ill tempered.

Carl Spackler's picture

Forget that... a moat with hungry crocodiles is more effective.

Hooter Shaker's picture

I don't care how much it costs.  I'll go down there and help build the mother fucker!

Creative_Destruct's picture

Hope the 22 Bill includes the massive court costs to fight delaying tactics from the Dems and the left.

But even if the final price is TWICE the 22 billion ( wouldn't be surprised) it's still a rounding error in the Federal budget.

Carl Spackler's picture

Two weeks... you may have miscounted the drug flow stopped by the wall.... which all goes to poison the Liberals' minds, anyway.

nmewn's picture

"We have to accuse Trump before you see whats in his tax records!"...

...seems to be the standard refrain for the likes of Schumer/Pelosi/Reid. With only slight modifications, the charge/excuse/lie can be applied to just about anything or anyone...say even, in favor OF...ObamaCare...or AGAINST...any political opponent, the list has endless possibilities for slovenly lazy hacks ;-)

TBT or not TBT's picture

3.5 years my ass.   The USA built an armada and conquered two empires and supplied all our allies too, starting from an economic depression, using primitive tech and not single email or powerpoint, in 3.5 years.  3.5 years my ass.   

A Nanny Moose's picture

IKR. It's a fucking wall. How hard can it be?

If it crumbles on some illegals as they attempt to breach our defense...that's a bonus.


Tax every Western Union wire transfer to Mexico at 40%.

Wall will be paid for by Christmas.

Claymores paid for by New Years Eve.  

cowdiddly's picture

That's like what 150-$200 per taxpayer? Forget Mexico, WHERE DO I SEND THE CHECK.

Put a checkbox on the 1040 to deduct from tax and kill two campaign promises with one stone.

It will be hella cheaper than what your having to support now.

Slomotrainwreck's picture

Jesus Christ, man. For 1/10 the cost, just use a squadron of drones (with hopped up pilots trained to injure infiltrators)  and some concertina wire for the boundary. Cross the line and be prepared for dire consequences. ie. taser until help arrives, ricocheting AK-47 rounds nearby, possible Bangalore mines, and maybe a few angry (incentivized) farmers. A dozen or so aerial cameras  can survey many  hundreds of miles in less time than it tales to to run 5 miles north.

Or maybe just stop giving them free shit.

dot.dot's picture

Claymores require somebody to triple-click them off.  I'm thinking thousands of bouncing betty's burried about.

srv03's picture

Don't want to get into the politics of the wall itself, but from a purely logistical standpoint, building a giant wall for 22 billion dollars doesn't seem very efficient. For that sum of money, he can employ 8,800 people to watch the border full time for 50 years, assuming he pays them each $50,000/year.

Having people physically there will be more reliable than a wall that can be climbed. Plus he will have the added bonus of fulfilling his promise of adding extra jobs for a long time to come, and he won't have to deal with all the people who are bitching about environmental issues from the wall. The wall is supposed to cover 1000 miles, so he can have a crew of 8-9 people on every mile of the border.

We can set aside $200 million for claymores if you want too, and still come out on top.

johngaltfla's picture

The wall is temporary until the T-1000 Terminators go into service.

Dragon HAwk's picture

Welfare jobs, win win, although the sun screen will probably cut into profits

A Nanny Moose's picture

OpEx vs. CapEx. Which has the greatest ROI. Don't forget that the 8800 people will require benefits + retirement. They will also vote, and can be bribed.

Carl Spackler's picture


In this case Capital is more effective and efficient than labor.

Build a wall and put crocodiles around it at the Rio Grande. Keep the crocs hungry for added defense/security.

Then say adios to the Sinaloa Cartel operations.

Vageling's picture

I agree. Like I said before. What are they building. The Chinese wall? It can be cheaper and be done faster. A wall on itself is just a minor obstacle. Without enforcement it's practically useless. Once they figure out how to overcome the obstacle it's nothing more than a expensive non project. With technology nowadays we can strap sensors and shit to it. It will tell where and when somebody is climbing over the wall only to have LEO waiting there to arrest them and deport them. 

shamus001's picture

Well since 150 BILLION crated to Iran bought us the entirety of "Horse$hit" I say, 20 billion?




As a matter of fact, that picture of that 100 ft wall just gives me a stiffy lookin at it!

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

The WH needs to sniff out these moles now and end the "leaks".
Just keep quiet until everyone's in place, the details are developed and announce the plan.

Dinero D Profit's picture

This ain't no stinkin Israel.  We don't need no stinkin wall.

Kill the Bank Jackson's picture

$8.3 million per mile. Bullshit. Give me that contract, I will retire richer than donald Trump!


Bunga Bunga's picture

500,000 illegals as inmates in federal prisons @ $30,000 cost equals $15 billion for the taxpayer per year already.

DosZap's picture

That's chump change stop foreign donations and the UN dues for a year it's paid for.

ACP's picture

Yeah $22 billion is how much the government wants it to cost.

Osmium's picture

True, but it also means the martkets will now be able to rise every day for the next 3.5 years.

GreatUncle's picture

Who need Russians and a cold war when you got the typical enemy in the Democrats?

OregonGrown's picture
"DHS Report: Trump "Wall" To Cost $22 Billion, Take 3.5 Years To Build"


That is the cost with the government paying Union / Prevailing wages.....


I bet if you put that job "out to bid" to other NON UNION companies as well, you could get this done at 1/3 the cost..... and completed in half the time!


......MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN..... and let everyone participate....not just the politically active union bosses and their overpaid minions!

barysenter's picture

California has their piece of shit wall already. Arizona and New Mexico are Right to Work, Texas should be.

Beam me up Scotty! 

OregonGrown's picture

All government projects MUST hire union (why i dont know) or pay prevailing union wages!  


Being an ex union employee for 12 years, I KNOW FIRST HAND this is how the "government" repays the people who phone bank / campaign / vote for the democratic candidates .... and an easy way to funnel excess money from taxpayers, in essence BUYING their support/vote via overinflated pay/pensions.


Someone needs to look into and change that cronyism / vote buying bullshit!