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Trump Administration Now Claims Border Wall "Will Pay For Itself"

Trump Administration Now Claims Border Wall

The wall along the southern US border - really a set of fences and walls - would take 3 ½ years to build and would cost $21.6 billion, according to an internal report by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that was seen by Reuters. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan estimated the costs at between $12 and $15 billion.

During his transition period before being sworn in as president, Trump spoke with executives of Lockheed Martin and Boeing to try to negotiate down the costs of the government's contracts to build new F-35 fighter jets and a modern Air Force One jumbo jet.

The report speculates that DHA would be funded by the Congress between April and May, giving them sufficient time to hire contractors and begin construction work by September.

The report shows the USA government has begun seeking waivers to address environmental laws on building in some areas. The money had been envisioned as an offset for lowering USA corporate income tax rates, though House Republicans say it could also pay for a wall.

On Wednesday, the president told a Washington D.C. meeting of law enforcement officials gathered from around the nation that "the wall is getting designed right now".

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DHS officials assume in the report that Congress will approve funding for the wall in April or May, and Mexico would eventually reimburse the USA, even though its leaders have been adamant about not financing the project. Nevertheless, the report shows a substantially higher figure than past price estimates.

The report lays out costs to cover the border with barriers, but funding constraints and legal battles are likely to place limits on those plans.

Although 654 miles (1,046 km) of border has already been fortified, the new construction would extend to the entire length of the border. That's nearly twice as much as the $12 billion price tag Trump touted during his presidential campaign.

Reuters quoted a source within DHS saying that the Trump administration would likely need to seize hundreds of miles of the privately-owned borderland from us citizens under eminent domain in order to embark on the final phase. While the first phase will be relatively cheap, at some $360 million, each successive addition will require the United States government to acquire the land via eminent domain as well as through environmental waivers.


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