Donald Trump’s proposed border wall will cost anywhere between $10 and $25 billion depending on the wide array of estimates currently available.
In late January, Trump said that construction of the border would begin in “months,” and there’s currently no shortage of firms willing to take up the offer.
According to the L.A. Times, international engineering corporations, boutique architectural firms and tiny mom-and-pop builders with names like “Loko-Koko” are lining up to help build President Trump’s border wall.
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Since the Department of Homeland Security placed a pre-solicitation notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website in late February for “the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border Mexico,” more than 600 interested vendors across the country have signed on, including almost 100 entities from California. This is up from a mere 200 firms that were interested in February.
Even some international firms have expressed interest. Magal Security Systems, better known as the company that built Israel’s barrier at the West Bank, and also helped construct their fence along Israel’s border with Egypt, would be happy to help. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of Trump’s border proposal, “President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea.”
The formal solicitation for wall proposals will go online the middle of this month and concept papers must be submitted five days later. A post on the DHS website said the government is seeking a wall “nominally 30 feet tall, that will meet requirements for aesthetics, anti-climbing, and resistance to tampering or damage.”
The more companies expressing interest in constructing the wall, the better. More competition always means a better product at a lower cost.
And those still branding the law as “racist” should know that dozens of the companies among those offering to build the wall are run by Hispanics.[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]