Friday, February 10, 2017

It Turns Out Trump’s Border Wall Will Cost $21.6 Billion... Almost Double The $12 Billion Cited By Trump (And No, Mexico Wont Be Paying For It)

While on the campaign trail Donald Trump estimated his "wall” along the US/Mexico border would cost a mere $12-billion dollars.

And like it would even matter because "Who's Gonna Pay For It?"... "Mexico's Gonna Pay For It!"

Well, funny thing.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Securities own internal report the "wall” would cost as much as $21.6 billion, and take over three years to construct.

And guess what? Mexico will not be paying for it... You are!

The report’s price-tag is almost double the $12-billion figure cited by Trump in his campaign or the estimated $15 billion from Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The report is expected to be presented to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly in coming days, although the administration will not necessarily take actions it recommends.

The plan lays out what it would take to seal the border in three phases of construction of fences and walls covering just over 1,250 miles by the end of 2020.

While the report cites the costs to cover the border with barriers but does not take into account funding constraints, legal battles or major physical barriers, like mountains, in areas where it would not be feasible to build.

Then there would of course be court battles to seek eminent domain in order to acquire some of the private land needed to cover the final phase.

The report is the work of a group commissioned by Secretary Kelly as a final step before requesting funds from Congress to get the construction underway.

When asked by reporters about the report White House spokeswoman said it would be “premature” to comment as it has not officially been presented to Donald Trump.

Despite not having seen the price tag or the plans for the wall Trump has already stated that he believes Congress (i.e. - the taxpayers) should fund the wall upfront, but that Mexico would of course reimburse the US at its earliest convenience.

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