A Border Wall, Really?

In keeping with President Trump’s campaign promise to “build a wall”, eight border wall prototypes are constructed in Otay Mesa, California, a community north of the U.S.–Mexico border in San Diego county.

Specifications for these prototypes required four are constructed from concrete and four others from non-concrete materials and stand 18 to 30 feet high. The costs for prototype construction range from $2-$4 million dollars.

Personnel from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plan to run “breachability” tests on each prototype to determine “whether they can withstand breaching methods and equipment,”. In their attempt to breach each wall CBP workers plan to utilize sledgehammers, torches and pickaxes. Tests are intended to determine if the wall “can it be climbed, can it be dug under, and can it withstand cutting tools,”.

Test results are meant to help CBP determine what enhancements could be made in a new round of prototype construction. Mo money!

There are other problems moving forward with construction of a border wall beyond prototype construction; There is no funding!

White House officials have suggested that the entire border wall project could cost between $8 and $12 billion. And, internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) assessments suggest the cost could be higher — as much as $21 billion.

Think about it, with $21 bilion America could built affordable housing for millions of American’s living on the street, help feed the hungry and find solutions to countless other ills that plague our country. 

 

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