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CBP Starts Bidding Process for Border Wall

CBP Starts Bidding Process for Border Wall

In line with President Trump's promises to build a "big, attractive wall", the design requests call for the north side of the wall to be, "aesthetically pleasing in color, anti-climb texture", and consistent with the surrounding environment.

The Department of Homeland Security issued two requests for proposals Friday night seeking concept papers for a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border, one for a prototype made of reinforced concrete and another for a wall made of "other" material.

The Trump administration has officially started its search for proposals on the construction of the border wall from contractors, with a demand that the wall prove "physically imposing" to anyone considering trying to illegally enter the United States from its southern border with Mexico, leading to some jokes from Twitter users.

Proposals for the Mexico border wall are due to the government by March 29th.

We know Mexico won't be paying for it-and Trump is going to have slash many federal budgets so he can keep that campaign promise-and now, we know how Trump wants it built.

Democrats and some Republicans have said a border-long wall is unnecessary.

The issuance of two bid requests suggests that the government is looking at a combination of wall types for the border, much of which is in rural, rugged terrain.


Opposition to the building of a physical border wall has also come from area human rights advocates, environmentalists and other representatives including U.S. Reps.

The agency said the goal is to have a 30-foot wall, but it will accept proposals as low as 18 feet.

In a presentation to shareholders in NY on Thursday, company leaders said the "potential border wall" will drive demand for cement and therefore help the company's finances.

Cuevas, the head of the Senate foreign relations committee, said negotiations were also under way to amend existing laws on public works projects and government purchases to exert similar pressure.

The notice also says the wall must be built in such a way that it would take an hour to cut through with a sledgehammer, vehicle jack, pick axe, chisel, battery-operated impact tools, cutting tools or torch. Border Patrol agents are constantly repairing holes in the structure.

The prototypes, or scaled-down sample walls, are to be built in Southern California, close to the Mexican border in the US city of San Diego.

The budget includes proposals to hire 20 lawyers who would focus on land acquisition and 20 more attorneys and support staff for "immigration litigation assistance".


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