Cemex will not supply border wall

Andrew Cummings
March 20, 2017

Twenty-four Senate Democrats are introducing legislation to stop President Donald Trump from building a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border and block his efforts to step up immigration enforcement, d.

Donald Trump's "big, attractive wall" at the Mexican border should be 30-foot high, look good from the American side and be hard to climb or cut through, according to a contract posted on a government website.

The north side of the wall, which will face the USA, "shall be aesthetically pleasing in colour, anti-climb texture, etc., to be consistent with general surrounding environment".

The announcement of the proposal came on Monday, three days after the U.S. Customs and Border Protection requested proposals for "border wall prototypes".

Other requirements for the wall include its height, which "ideally. should be 30 feet (9 meters) high". The government is asking for a 9-meter-high concrete barrier, extending 2 meters underground, built to be "physically imposing" and capable of resisting nearly any attack, "by sledgehammer, vehicle jack, pickaxe, chisel, battery-operated impact tools, battery-operated cutting tools [or] oxy/acetylene torch".

The government will award a contract based on 30-foot-wide sample walls that are to be built in San Diego. Border Patrol agents are constantly repairing holes in the structure.

Height: The structure has to be "physically imposing", suggesting a height of 30 feet. Each prototype is expected to cost between $200,000 and $500,000, the government notice said.

This is a first step for President Trump to bring about his campaign promise to build a "big, attractive wall" between the United States and Mexico, according to a report by CNBC.

The prototypes will be used to decide upon a design for the wall that ultimately is constructed along the border.

This week the president sent a budget proposal to Congress that included a $2.6 billion down payment for the wall. The committee will select up to 20 plans to move to the next phase, where contractors detail how much their plans will cost and answer other questions.

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