Trump Administration Seeks Proposals For "Physically Imposing" 30-Foot-High "Aesthetically Pleasing" Border Wall

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Following months of campaign promises to build a "big, beautiful, powerful wall" on the southern border of the United States, the Trump administration has just posted bid guidelines for contractors looking to submit proposals for the multi-billion dollar project (the full RFPs can be viewed here).  Among other things, the RFP calls for a 30-foot wall that could deter a physical breach for at least 1 hour...oh, and it also has to be "aesthetically pleasing in color"...but, only on the U.S. side.   Per Reuters:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued requests for proposals for prototypes for a wall along the Mexican border, saying ideally it should be 30 feet (9 meters) high and the wall facing the U.S. side should be "aesthetically pleasing in color."


"Designs with heights of less than 18 feet are not acceptable," the document said. It said the wall should have features that do not allow people to climb over it and should prevent digging below the wall.


"The wall shall prevent/deter for a minimum of 1 hour the creation of a physical breach of the wall (e.g., punching through the wall) larger than 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter or square using sledgehammer, car jack, pickaxe, chisel, battery-operated impact tools, battery-operated cutting tools, oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools," it said.

And don't even think about climbing over or digging under the wall either...

"It shall not be possible for a human to climb to the top of the wall or access the top of the wall from either side unassisted (e.g. via the use of a ladder, etc.)," reads the RFP. "The wall design shall include anti-climb topping features that prevent scaling using common and more sophisticated climbing aids (e.g. grappling hooks, handholds, etc.)"


And the agency is also aware that some individuals may try and go under the wall. "The wall shall prevent digging or tunneling below it for a minimum of 6 feet below the lowest adjacent grade," reads the RFP.

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Proposals are due to the government by March 29 and contracts are expected to be awarded based on 30-foot-wide sample walls that are to be built in San Diego.

Of course, as we've noted before, total cost estimates for the wall vary widely and range from $12 billion to over $20 billion.  Per the Associated Press:

This week the president sent a budget proposal to Congress that included a $2.6 billion down payment for the wall. The total cost for the project is unclear, but the Government Accountability Office estimates it would cost about $6.5 million a mile for fence to keep pedestrians from crossing the border and about $1.8 million a mile for a vehicle barrier.


Congressional Republicans have said Trump's wall would cost between $12 billion and $15 billion and Trump has suggested $12 billion.


An internal report prepared for Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly estimated the cost of building a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border at about $21 billion, according to a U.S. government official who is involved in border issues. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the report has not been made public.

As we recently noted, the new border wall is expected to 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.

Who could have seen this coming?

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Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Mar 18, 2017 3:19 PM
Aesthetically Pleasing


So does that mean he's crippin' or bloodin'?

ACP's picture

What about the machine gun nests every 100 meters and the gator filled moat? I'm disappointed.

falak pema's picture

Pity they didn't keep remnants of the Berlin Wall to resuscitate in Mehico to Texico border.

Now that is the prime beef of Amercia's new dream of McDo's 'america first' territory : A wall to make Gorby pale with envy as in those old days. 

Stuck on Zero's picture

For a good design call the Israelis. They know how to build border walls.

Automatic Choke's picture

no more kayak trips down the Rio Grande in Big Bend Park?    what are they going to do in the park, anyhow.....put a wall in the middle of the river?


Perimetr's picture

Walls can keep people out


Walls can keep people in, too.

Careful what you wish for . . . .

Ignatius's picture

One of the big problems I have with "the wall" is that it serves the illusion that it wasn't the corporate/political class that created the conditions for massive Mexican immigration in the first place.  They haven't been coming here for the climate.

BullyBearish's picture

Can't we just build a wall around DC?

kavlar's picture
kavlar (not verified) BullyBearish Mar 18, 2017 8:52 PM

Good one, especially as that racist "Mexican" wall won't do nothing to stop the flow of immigrants.

techies-r-us's picture
techies-r-us (not verified) kavlar Mar 18, 2017 8:54 PM

Trump just wants some of his buddies to get rich off government contracts to build that shit. Like NASA, which buys $5000 office toilet, the cost of that wall will skyrocket, making many rich.

Stuck on Zero's picture

True Ignatius. The next Progressive President will issue permanent visas for all the earth's inhabitants.

jefferson32's picture

CTRL-F "from either side".

Time will come when this wall will be used to keep Americans inside.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

There goes my plan to escape to Mexico and live off Mexican welfare.

Pseudonymous's picture

"It shall not be possible for a human to climb to the top of the wall or access the top of the wall from either side...

By the way, South Park has an episode on this, too (like many other things which have later happened in real life).

Dancing Disraeli's picture

Right.  We're all going to flee to Mexico.

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hope_talk (not verified) Dancing Disraeli Mar 19, 2017 5:56 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

Point taken, but it's Mexico. C'mon really?

TruthHammer's picture

yup, because East Germany built that Wall, your example makes great sense.

Thus, according to you, East Germany is the US.  And, Mexican would then be West Germans, and the gun nests used to shoot anyone trying to sneak past the wall, just like the Berlin Wall.

So according to YOU, West Germans were trying to sneak into East Germany, and being stopped by a wall......


Ahh, ok, nope, your example is just completely wrong and retarded.  The Berlin Wall was a prison wall built to keep people IN.  Trump's wall is a security wall, built to keep other out, the exact COMPLETE OPPOSITE of the Berlin Wall.


Bad Attitude's picture

Minefields can be deployed quicker than the wall can be built. 

Forward (over the cliff)!

Bigly's picture

An interim solution, for sure

algol_dog's picture

When can we expect Mexico's payment in full and will it be in pesos, dollars, gold or bitcoin?

TruthHammer's picture

US dollars, through remittance tax or border fees.

TAALR Swift's picture

Too easy and too expensive. Try 500 m intervals. 

To give patriots and hunters a chance for skill-building target practice. :-)

ACP's picture

Good point.

Plus, they can have special events like "Father-Daughter day at the range (wall)".

css1971's picture

Double wall and you let DARPA loose with robots in the gap.

MEFOBILLS's picture

Double fence  with robots in the gap.  A fence like the Israelis use, which is see thru.  That way any breach attempts can be seen, and then acted on quickly.

Robots can be used to weld the rebar, and hence the price will come down dramatically relative to solid wall.

krispkritter's picture

I'll donate all the gators from my ponds, plus throw in some from the lake.  Lake ones are easily 10-11 feet, I imagine they'll get a taste for Mexican food eventually.

Whatever Trump does, do NOT put a huge corporation in charge, just so they can fuck it up and overcharge:


He can wall off California from the rest of the country. 

Most of the nuts, flakes, debt, and illegals are already there.  

Arnold's picture

But France is the seventh largest of the world economies.

scv's picture

NK swift cutoff last night

lolmao500's picture

I should start my own construction company and bid...

ebworthen's picture

China built the Great Wall, why not the U.S.?

Build that big beautiful wall!

QuantumEasing's picture


And for the same reasons.

To repel invaders that would not take a hint.

But Emperor Qin did not have the option of Claymores incorporated into the structural matrix.

Front Toward Enemy.

Teja's picture

The Chinese Great Wall was highly successful, similar to the Roman Limes and Hadrian's wall.

Successful as a Tourist attraction, that is. Not as a real-life obstacle to invasors.

chosen's picture

Trump's wall would be a tourist attraction.  I'd drive down to see it and have a laugh.

css1971's picture

Cos walls don't work, right?

I mean fuck, we've been putting them up for 5000 years, you think we'd fucking learn.

indio007's picture

Hadrian's Wall was like 2 ft high moron.

BritBob's picture

Mexican politicians ain't perfect - President Mauricio Macri and Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico, signed a joint declaration which highlighted "recent developments" between Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance and assume in common guidelines to strengthen commercial and political relationship that includes the search for common positions in the G20, strengthening the OAS and a new Mexican support "to the legitimate sovereign Argentine rights" over the Malvinas Islands. (El Litorial Com Ar 29 June 2016)Mr Presidente – Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina:


Just politics.

Tenshin Headache's picture

Are you still on about that?


Paper Mache's picture

For fucks sake Brit Bob, yabaa yabaa Falkland blah blah. I'm a Brit and I can tell you, most British people don't give a shit about the Falklands. Go and Troll somewhere else

Uranium Mountain's picture

Build a wall similar to the one in the movie 300.  It's mortar being made by the corpses of all the illegals committing felonies in the USA.

TAALR Swift's picture

Made of stacked shipping containers, housing inmates? 

Escape hatch faces South. Sanitation pipes drain South. Call the Wall "Am-Mex Redemption".

Poetic Justice. 

wow thats crazy's picture

Ill bet Mexico will build a wall next and this time it will be bigger than the last one US built for them!