Details of President Trump’s glorious border wall plans have been released, and it doesn’t disappoint.
The southern border wall will be an imposing structure, hopefully seen from space, standing at least 18ft tall, ‘aesthetically pleasing’, and resistant to Mexico’s favorite tool, sledgehammers.
It’s worth noting, the arresting beauty of the wall will only be insisted upon where it faces America. The Mexican side can look like the inside of a prison cell, and Trump couldn’t care less.
Hundreds of contractors are bidding for the job, which will run into the billions of dollars — stretching 1,933 miles — which has caused Senate democrats to chimp out and use whatever power they have left, from the Obama years of party self destruction, to block the wall by shutting down the whole government.
The wall must be climb resistant, grappling hook resistant, and prevent tunneling from within 6ft of the surface. If Mexicans want to make it into the country illegally, they’ll need to keep digging, to truly earn their crime.
The wall must also be able to repel someone equipped with a “sledgehammer, car jack, pick axe, chisel, battery operated impact tools, battery operated cutting tools, Oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools,” the government said in its order. The concrete wall should be strong enough to delay a breach 12 inches (30 centimeters) in diameter by at least an hour, the alternative wall for at least 30 minutes.
And in a Trumpian twist — the New York property magnate did pledge a “big, beautiful wall” — the north-facing side must be “aesthetically pleasing in color, anti-climb texture, etc., to be consistent with general surrounding environment.”
Contractors will be asked to build mock walls of 10x10ft in San Diego before being approved and hired by the government.
Concepts are due by March 29th.
The wall cost is expected to run anywhere between $12-21b, all of which will be paid for by the Mexican people. The Trump budget has called for $4b in funding for 2017 and 2018 to get the project started.
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“Does that build the whole wall? No. It doesn’t. But it gives us a start on the program, and you see some of the wall being built this year,” Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney said at the White House press briefing on March 16. “Obviously we increase funding in 2018. But the wall will take longer than two years to build.”