There’s been much debate about the need for a wall running the entire distance of the United States’ border with Mexico. Even before plans were submitted, illegal immigration at that border has dropped by more than 50%. And now the first submitted plans are being made public. Here’s what Trump’s wall might actually look like.
The photo above is what the wall looks like now. Bids for the first designs of the new and improved wall were due on Tuesday. The Daily Mail has spoken with sources inside the administration who have shared some of what the wall building process might entail.
“A U.S. official with knowledge of the plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because the details haven’t been made public said four to 10 bidders are expected to be chosen to build prototypes,” the Mail writes.
The number is unclear at this point due to some of the concerns expressed by builders who are worried about their safety, and about the damage that building the wall might do for other contracts and the reputations of their companies.
“[Prototypes] will be constructed on a roughly quarter-mile (400-meter) strip of federally owned land in San Diego within 120 feet (37 meters) of the border, though a final decision has not been made on the precise spot, the official said. The government anticipates spending $200,000 to $500,000 on each prototype.”
Building in San Diego is one thing. Building an unpopular wall along a hostile border, is another. Companies are concerned with domestic acts of terrorism, a.k.a. monkey-wrenching, that might sabotage materials and machines. They’re also worried about armed resistance from the Mexican side of the border.
Much of the border would be constructed in California, and companies have asked if their employees can be exempt from California’s strict gun laws and use-of-force rules to ensure their own safety.
DarkPulse Technologies of Arizona proposes building a wall strong enough to stop mobile artillery.
Gleason Partners submitted a design that details wall sections topped with solar panels.
iCON Wall Solution by Single Eagle dba Concrete Contractors Interstate has something more artistic in mind. While Mexicans would just see a wall, the U.S. side would be a large mural of sorts.
It remains unclear exactly who will fund this mammoth project. Trump’s assertions on the campaign trail that Mexico will foot the bill have yet to materialize. Instead, he has asked for domestic funding.