Trump Administration To Start Building Border Wall Models
Because President Trump is determined to keep his promise on one of the main policy proposals that he touted on the campaign trail in 2015 and 2016, the Custom’s and Border Protection Agency may have plans on the Mexican border wall before the end of the summer.
Soon after he was sworn in to the office of the Presidency on January 20th, Mr. Trump authorized an executive order that requires a physical wall along the southern border between the United States and Mexico. However, the order did not have any specific information – reveal just how the wall would be funded or how much it may cost.
As a result, the President has been criticized by some of his supporters for what they consider a lack of focus on one of his key campaign pledges. Construction on the wall has not started yet, and there has been resistance toward public funding from Congress. Nonetheless, the White House firmly insists that the strategy to build the wall is still on track.
The Custom’s and Border Protection Agency just announced that they intend to begin developing prototypes for Trump’s proposed wall on the southern border late this summer.
Ronald Vitiello, the acting Deputy Commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection Agency said Tuesday that four to eight businesses will receive contracts for models of the wall in San Diego that might turn out to be versions for approximately 2,000-miles (3,200-kilometers) of the border. The development firms will have one month to finish their designs.
The Trump Administration’s proposed budget for 2018 includes $1.6 billion for 74 miles (118 kilometers) of wall in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and San Diego. There are currently 654 miles (1,046 kilometers) of fencing.
Mr. Vitiello said that it is impractical to build a wall on about 130 miles of the southern border where there are already natural barriers such as canyons and lakes.
The President has suggested that the wall could even be out-fitted with solar panels.
Trump explained this proposal to a crowd at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “Think of it,” he said. “The higher it goes, the more valuable it is. Pretty good imagination, right?”
Source: Fox News