As the Trump administration advanced plans to erect a multibillion-dollar wall on the southern border, the leader of Mexico's national governors association said on Saturday in Washington that President Donald Trump's budget proposal proves that United States taxpayers will foot the bill.
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. The specifics are technical within reason, reflecting Trump's mission to restrict border crossings.
To get the wall pledge rolling, the US Customs and Border Protection released two "Requests for Proposal" for the design and construction of first prototypes in the project that according to Department of Homeland Security might eventually cost $21 billion.
According to one document posted online by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Friday night, the wall should be 30 feet high, built using concrete, and "physically imposing".
It said the wall should have features that do not allow people to climb over it and should prevent digging below the wall.
And it must take at least an hour, and ideally more than four hours, for someone to puncture a hole in the wall - presumably enough time for agents to discover and chase away anyone attempting it.
Among the requirements is that the wall be "aesthetically pleasing in color" and blend into or match the surrounding landscape on the U.S. side.More news: Gamers harass woman online over Mass Effect Andromeda
Mexico's Cemex (CX) says it won't help build the Trump Administration's planned border wall, but it does expect to benefit from rising cement prices with increased demand from more USA infrastructure spending.
The prototypes will be used to decide upon a design for the wall that ultimately is constructed along the border.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has said his country "will not pay for any wall."
The government will award a contract based on 30 foot-wide sample walls that are to be built in San Diego.
The deadline for submitting proposals is March 29 and a federal official said the first contracts will be issued this summer.
But what just happened at the southern border is a success - and it's exclusively the work of President Trump.
They said their goal is a 30-foot barrier, and they would outright reject any plans that didn't at least run 18 feet high. The budget blueprint the White House released Thursday includes $4.1 billion for the wall.