Wall to Cost $21.6b...
Washington: President Donald Trump’s “wall” along the USMexico border would be a series of fences and walls that would cost as much as $21.6 billion, and take more than three years to construct, based on a US Department of Homeland Security internal report seen by Reuters on Thursday.
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 speaker Paul Ryan and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. The report is expected to be presented to Depar t ment of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary John Kelly in coming days, although the administration will not necessarily take actions it recommends.
The plan lays out what it would take to seal the border in three phases of construction of fences and walls covering just over 2,000km by the end of 2020. With 1,046km of the border already fortified, the new construction would extend almost the length of the entire border.
Many cost estimates and timelines have been f loated since Trump campaigned on the promise of building a wall. The report seen by Reuters is the work of a group commissioned by Kelly as a final step before moving forward with requesting US taxpayer funds from Congress and getting started on construction.
The report said the first phase would be the smallest, targeti ng sections coveri ng 4 2km near San Diego, California; El Paso, Texas; and in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley.