Trump Administration Unveils First Step In Building Border Wall

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In the first tangible step toward delivering on Trump's campaign promise to halt unauthorized immigration from Mexico, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Friday released plans for picking vendors for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, issuing a preliminary request for proposals saying it plans to release a formal solicitation around March 6 “for the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico.” 

In a document on the federal government's website for business opportunities, the CPB said it would release a request on or about March 6 asking companies for prototype ideas for a wall to be built near the U.S.-Mexican border. Vendors were asked to submit prototype concepts by March 10. After reviewing the ideas submitted by vendors, the agency will evaluate and select the best designs by March 20, then issue a request for proposals by March 24 in which vendors would be asked to price out the cost of building the proposed wall.

A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection told Reuters the solicitation published on Friday had "everything to do" with the wall that Trump has proposed. The spokesman said the initial request for information was to give industry the opportunity to tell the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees CBP, what is possible in constructing a border wall. "Once we get feedback from the vendors, we'll look at the ones that are most feasible," the spokesman said. That would be followed by the request for proposals to firm up exactly how much constructing the wall would cost.

The document says multiple awards for the barrier are expected by mid-April as part of the process, an aggressive schedule for a government construction project. "It's going to start soon. Way ahead of schedule, way ahead of schedule," Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security internal report seen by Reuters this month indicated the border wall would be a series of fences and walls that would cost as much as $21.6 billion to build and take more than three years to complete. The report’s estimated price tag is much higher than a $12 billion figure cited by Trump in his campaign and estimates as high as $15 billion from Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The plan laid 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.

Last month, Trump signed an executive order to begin preliminary steps toward building the wall. No cost estimates were included, and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has said his plan is to “secure our southern border with effective physical barriers, advanced technology, and strategic deployment of law enforcement personnel.”

According to Bloomberg, Konstantin Kakaes, an international security fellow with the New America Foundation, has estimated the cost of a 1,000-mile concrete wall 50 feet high, with 10 feet below ground, at $38 billion.

Bloomberg also notes that construction companies that have done work for the federal government and may respond to the preliminary request for proposals include: Bechtel Group Inc., which builds airports and nuclear power plants and has done almost $3 billion in work for the U.S. since the beginning of fiscal 2013; BL Harbert International Inc. ($2 billion); and Caddell Construction Co. ($1.9 billion).

Ironically, one of the biggest beneficiaries of Trump’s wall may be Mexico’s Cemex SAB, the largest cement maker in the Americas, Bloomberg News reported Jan. 25. It would be one of the best-positioned companies to profit because it has operations on both sides of the border.

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xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) jamesmmu Feb 25, 2017 11:06 AM
Looney's picture


Just build 5,000 Home Depot’s along the border, side to side, with storefronts facing both countries.  ;-)


P.S. Oh, and make Mexico pay for all of’em.  ;-)

sheikurbootie's picture

It won't be so funny when all of these fake amnesty thieves come to easy Canada, instead of closed USA.

UnclePhester's picture

America and Europe = Roach Motels You can check in, but you can't check out!


The wall is to keep the vermin in, once we are flooded with them.....then boooooommmmm: NUKE WAR WITH RUSSIA

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UnclePhester (not verified) UnclePhester Feb 25, 2017 12:25 PM

Israel's border wall and israel's muslim travel ban are both good, because the Motherland deserves to be protected...America, not so much.

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UnclePhester (not verified) UnclePhester Feb 25, 2017 12:27 PM




Cut off the freebies, and fine any company employing illegals $10,000.


Problem solved within a month.

brianshell's picture

Lars Larson said, enforce e-verify for all employers. Any employee not e-verified cannot be claimed as a business expense.

BuddyEffed's picture

Concertina wire bundles that you could drop in by helicopter could make an effective wall at maybe 1/20 of the price.

Very easy to maintain.  Just expand the height or width of the wire where necessary.

Use American steel and machining to make the wire too.

Screw that cement company in Mexico

Someone on ground ties together wire sections where necessary.  Weights added to make sure wire is ground hugging.

Have 2 line of concertina wire spaced out by 200 yards.  

If they make it pass the first set of wire, they will be exposed on the surface as they try to make it to the second line of wire.

Use drones to search for motion and heat signatures.

A little framing could make sure wire field reaches at least 20 feet tall, and covers 50 feet of ground distance.

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The Saint (not verified) BuddyEffed Feb 25, 2017 3:35 PM

Trump won't use no FKing Mexican cement manufaturer no matter what side of the border they are on.


beemasters's picture

Meanwhile, the sale of catapults of varying sizes and purposes in Mexico soars. The version specifically for humans includes parachutes.

Md4's picture


Finding, prosecuting, and even jailing employers who hire these people is essential.

President Trump must risk pissing off some of his base to address this.

De incentivize and deter.

Fat cats, like shack builders, who hire these folks for a pittance, and still charge a king's ransom for their cheap, overpriced rat cages, are among the worst inducers luring illegal labor.

I don't want to hear their justifications either.

Bust the bastards.

THAT'S fair.

Chief Wonder Bread's picture

Tell the Mexican govt that every time we catch one of your border jumpers the wall goes one mile deeper into Mexican territory. That will stop the illegal crossings cold.

Déjà view's picture

First and foremost...have illegals build wall then deport!

evildimensions's picture

I think you are onto something.

Stackers's picture

And who is "The New America Foundation" exactly and who pays their bills ?

Shocker.... funded by

Bill Gates

The Ford Foundation

Eric Schmidt


Soros Foundation

Now let me think where I need to file their opinion on the project .... hmmm

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

I'm missing something here. What's with the need to "find a wall design"? WTF is wrong with the one the Israelis are using? Doesn't theirs work? I'll bet it isn't costing them anywhere near what this New America Foundation is predicting. $38 Billion? Bullshit.

Hire two American companies, have them stat at each end and meet in the middle. Drive a golden spike and call it a wall. Give abonus to the company who gets to the midway point first.

The Saint's picture

I like China's wall myself.


zhandax's picture

Why not tell Israel that if they want next year's aid payment, they will have a wall up by June?

TAALR Swift's picture

Or, if you're into Paradigm Shifts, you could move the entire Prison System out of people's neighborhoods, and have the Prisons become The Wall.

You can check in, but leaving is a different matter.

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The Saint (not verified) TAALR Swift Feb 25, 2017 3:39 PM

You're thinking of the Roach Motel.  "Roaches check in but they don't check out."


Stef1304's picture

Censorship... all over the place.

It's seems to be the latest trend in the IT industry... 

Can't they live the free speech ?!? 

The good news, if they insist too much, it will open an opportunity for another service provider. ;-) 

There are more and more people looking for new providers offerning real privacy/free speech.

Like for example, the french qwant, an interesting alternative to google search engine for example.

Belrev's picture

There will be plenty of volunteer US citizens helping out. The cost of the Wall will be minimal.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

I agree that there may indeed be volunteers ... Ask the ranchers in TX and AZ. They are really tired of the DRUG DEALERS and the TERRORISTS pouring across the border at night looking to do harm. As President TRUMP once said: There are some bad 'hombres' out there in the world.

Life preservation/safety of their families and protection of their livelihood will be their motivation.



So it was one of President Obama's earliest embarrassments, “Operation Fast and Furious,” designed to help the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) dismantle drug cartels operating inside the United States and disrupt drug-trafficking routes. Instead, it put into the hands of criminals south of the border some 2,000 weapons, which have been used to kill hundreds of Mexicans and at least one American, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Now, Fast and Furious is back in the news. Earlier this month, a raid on the hidey-hole of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman recovered not only the notorious drug lord, but a (“massive”) .50-caliber rifle, capable of stopping a car or shooting down a helicopter, that originated with the ATF program. Rest easy, though: Only 34 such rifles were sold through the program.

Read more at:

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Yes, we can count on the FSA and dindus to help out in gratitude for the EBT and SNAP cards. Crack and smack dealers will also be glad to give a hand (sounds of crickets and subdued clapping).

crossroaddemon's picture

No there won't. Nobody can afford to take the time off from their jobs.

Son of Loki's picture

I just hope the wall is not Hot Neon Pink.

Cman5000's picture

Build the wall and hang Christmas lights on the Mexican side. 

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Lime green and hot pink would be the cat's meow.

IridiumRebel's picture

It won't keep all of them out, but if it ebbs the flow and hinders drug mules, that's good.

Son of Loki's picture

The heroin dealers in NH are already in a panic.

Francis Marx's picture

The drug shock will be amazing with this wall. one thing people dont realize is the CIA can't get funding for their secret projects. It relies on that cash flow from drug traffic. .

toady's picture

Phoenix is a major Mexican heroin distribution point. Looking for a major recession in the drug dealer community if this wall stuff stays on track....

wherewasi's picture

I'm sure we can depend on the well-known honor among criminals.   Certainly none of them have anything to worry about.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

So do Wall Street and the Too Big to Fail Banks.

TAALR Swift's picture

How many and what size of beings are kept out, is purely a function of the system design. E.g.

Wall height, depth, solid or with air gaps, size of gaps, additional chain - link fences on US side, use and spacing of guard towers, remote cameras with multi-spectral capabilities, drones, motion sensors, radar, ground seismometers to detect digging or tunneling. In addition, one can have a narrow mine field between two walls of chain link fences, with large signs posted in short intervals.

This pretty much covers the physical and technology side of the solution. 

At the human factors side, of causing psychological deterrence...

What about an initial "Shoot to kill" policy, for all who would still try to overcome the aforementioned Gauntlet? It is not the economic refugees, aka Dreamers, that would be going to that extreme, but organized cartel criminals.

A few of those shot dead, and they'd get the message. 

An impermeable wall is not a question of ability, but a question of political will. The question then becomes:

"To what length will an Administration go, to protect its people from dangerous and organized army of invaders?" That, and only that is the salient question. Others questions are distractions and diversions.

Arnold's picture

Wall me, boss.

Giant Meteor's picture

Grand Daughter asked, "will it at least have windows?"

"I reckon not, no curtains either" ... my reply.

Savvy's picture

You don't need a massive expensive wall. You just need a few solar panels per mile and hot wire. Don't block 'em, ZAPP 'em.

1980XLS's picture

Mining the border would probably be the best value from a cost/effectiveness basis.

Savvy's picture

Ever hear of an electric fence?


Ilmarinen's picture

Should be: Mining the border would probably be the best bang for the buck,

chubbar's picture

6' chain lnk fence topped with razor wire with open mine field then another 6' chain link fence. Motion detectors/underground movement detectors (for tunneling) with CCTV cameras with overlap. For a bonus, remote controlled machine guns using CCTV for targeting. Heavy signage on both sides of the fence. Not sure if that would be cheaper or not but it would be effective.