Homeland Security Dept. requests designs for Mexico border wall

  • Homeland Security Dept. requests designs for Mexico border wall

Homeland Security Dept. requests designs for Mexico border wall

The port of entry from Mexico to the U.S.is seen next to the border wall in San Ysidro, Calif. Winners will be announced by late May. A federal contracting expert told CNN this approach is common when the government knows generally what it wants, but is interested in seeing different ideas to accomplish the goals.

But CBP officials said the approach was created to get the best value for the government. "Through the construction of prototypes, CBP will partner with industry to identify the best means and methods to construct [a] border wall before making a more substantial investment in construction", according to the press release.

Trump's spending blueprint released Thursday is light on specifics, but makes clear that his campaign pledge to confront illegal immigration is a top priority. Some 650 miles are already fenced.

The wall in most areas now is about 20 feet tall.

"Offerers should consider this height, but designs with heights of at least 18 feet may be acceptable", the proposal documents said.

The little walls are supposed to be strong. The government is asking for a 9-meter-high concrete barrier, extending 2 meters underground, built to be "physically imposing" and capable of resisting nearly any attack, "by sledgehammer, vehicle jack, pickaxe, chisel, battery-operated impact tools, battery-operated cutting tools [or] oxy/acetylene torch". They should also be able to span 45 degree slopes, and block tunneling.

The cost and even the size of the wall has varied during Trump's presidential campaign and his time in the White House. Once the government has determined a model, the prototypes may be demolished.

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 metres) high and the wall facing the U.S. side should be "aesthetically pleasing in colour".

There has been feverish speculation about the Mexican firm's possible involvement in the project since Trump's ordered construction of the wall to begin immediately as one of his first acts as president.

In addition to the tough building conditions, the agency clearly understands another difficulty will be political: Interested builders are urged to discuss their experience in "executing high profile, high visibility and politically contentious" construction projects.

In recent months, Cemex has been coy about whether it will participate in construction of the wall. Mexican newspapers have even maligned Latino-owned construction firms in the USA that plan to bid on the project. Regardless of the final cost, the wall is on track to be one of the biggest construction projects ever undertaken by the U.S. government.

Ram??rez, the governor from Mexico, said he was confident that Republicans and Democrats in Congress would defeat Trump's budget. Though repeatedly blocked by USA courts, he continues to attempt to forbid immigration from many Muslim nations, and despite opposition voices saying a border wall would be an expensive ecological disaster, his team appears to want to go ahead with the idea. The Mexican government has rejected the possibility. Since DHS initiated the bidding process hundreds of vendors from all across the US have shown interest, according to an article from The Atlantic. During the conference he said the cost of one mile of technology or virtual wall was about $1 million compared to about $6.5 million of fencing.

Between 2008 and 2009, this program was awarded about $174 million from DHS to build the existing border wall or levees and it cost the county more than $58 million, according to the letter.