Trump’s “Great, Great Wall” to be Big and Scary – New American
Written by Bob Adelmann
In his address to Congress earlier this month, President Donald Trump said, “We will soon begin the construction of a great, great wall along our southern border” to “restore integrity and the rule of law at our borders.” Now that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has begun issuing RFPs — requests for proposals — the wall is also going to be big and scary: “The wall design shall be physically imposing in height,” according to CBP officials.
It will be at least 18 feet in height, but CBP’s “nominal” goal is more like 30 feet above ground, and another six feet below ground (to discourage tunneling underneath it). It’s also going to be thick, as one of the requirements is that it must take someone at least an hour — and ideally more than four hours — to bore a hole in it large enough to allow him to crawl through it. That, theoretically at least, would allow enough time for border agents to respond to the effort.
Its RFPs will entertain alternatives to the concrete wall many have already envisioned, responding to border agents’ suggestions that it have a “see-through” component, similar to some of the 653-mile-long border wall already constructed and paid for by previous administrations.
The CBP is bidding out the entire 2,000-mile wall, that will cover even extremely rough terrain and will presumably be replacing the existing wall. And, finally, the finished wall must be “pleasing to the eyes,” according to the RFP.
More than 700 companies are responding to the bid, and it will take some time for the CBP to sort through the replies before bidding out the wall’s construction.
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