The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has officially issued requests for proposals for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to Reuters, DHS has stated that the wall should ideally be 30 feet high and painted an “aesthetically pleasing” color on the U.S. side.
The border wall was a cornerstone of now-U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign and has been the source of much controversy since that time. Initially, Trump claimed that Mexico would pay for the wall. Later, he stated that Mexico would reimburse the U.S. for the cost of the wall.
Now, however, it seems that taxpayers are going to foot the bill. Just earlier this week, the Trump White House requested $3 billion more in funding for Homeland Security, some of which will be allocated for the planning and building of Trump’s proposed border wall.
One document posted online by U.S. Customs and Border Protection stated that the wall should be 30 feet high, built using concrete, and “physically imposing.” It also detailed that, “designs with heights of less than 18 feet are not acceptable.” According to the document, the wall should have features that do not allow people to climb over it and should also prevent digging below it.
“The wall shall prevent/deter for a minimum of 1 hour the creation of a physical breach of the wall(e.g., punching through the wall) larger than 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter or square using sledgehammer, car jack, pickaxe, chisel, battery-operated impact tools, battery-operated cutting tools, oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools.”