Trump's border 'wall' price tag jumps again, report says

Trump's border 'wall' price tag jumps again, report says

Trump's border 'wall' price tag jumps again, report says

Appearing on ABC News' "This Week" on Sunday, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller responded to reports that the Department of Homeland Security now estimates the wall would cost up to $21.6 billion, nearly double the figure of $12 billion Trump used during his campaign.

The current Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), retired Marine General John Kelly, previously said the construction of the wall could be completed in under two years. Trump has also discussed the possibility of reducing the cost of the new Air Force One Airplane with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg.

The DHS report says construction would have three phases.

A spokeswoman from the Department of Homeland Security said the department does "not comment on or confirm the potential existence of pre-decisional, deliberative documents". 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. However, Mexico has adamantly rejected the notion that they would fund the border wall. It will cover 26 miles in San Diego, El Paso, and the Rio Grade Valley in south Texas.

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As the Reuters report notes, the government is already in touch with contractors and planning out steel purchases, so there's every reason to think that the Trump administration is serious about this project. He said on the campaign trail that it would cost only about $8 billion, but that seems to have been an unreasonably low estimate.

This border wall, if built (at US taxpayer expense), will probably have a lot in common with the 600 miles of barriers along the southern border already built under the 2006 Secure Fence Act.

The plan calls for securing the border with an additional 1,250 miles of fences and walls by the end of 2020.

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". The report estimated that agreement alone could bring the cost from $11 million per mile to $15 million per mile in one area. An independent estimate by a construction firm suggests that could easily run to $25 billion given uncertainties in the plan.

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