The Trump administration has already began fulfilling on its grandest campaign promise, the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed plans of picking vendors who could build the wall. A formal solicitation will be released on or about March 6 “for the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico.”
On the federal government's website for business opportunities, CBP has asked vendors to submit a prototype for the wall no later than March 10. After evaluating and short-listing the ideas by March 20, the agency will ask vendors to estimate the cost of the wall.
A spokesperson for CBP told Reuters that the initial request for prototypes was to give the industry an opportunity to tell Homeland Security, under whose jurisdiction CBP falls, their plans for constructing a border wall.
An internal report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimated that a border wall, consisting of fences, could cost around $21 billion, which is a lot more than the $12 billion cited by Trump during his campaign.
Bloomberg reported that according to Konstantine Kakaes, an international security fellow with the New America Foundation, construction of such a wall could cost around $38 billion.
Recently, at the Conservative Political Action Committee, Donald Trump reiterated his plans of fortifying the border.
“Oh, we're going to build a wall, don't worry about it. We're building the wall. We're building the wall,” he said in an apparent aside from his prepared remarks. “In fact, it's going to start soon. Way ahead of schedule. Way ahead of schedule. Way, way, way ahead of schedule. It's going to start very soon.”