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CBP requests call for 'physically imposing,' 'asthetically pleasing' border wall designs

CBP requests call for 'physically imposing,' 'asthetically pleasing' border wall designs

The Bush administration ultimately had to abandon their efforts due to a U.S. -Mexico treaty that prohibits building structures in the Texas floodplain that could result in flooding of nearby communities.

The White House made the request after Trump revealed his first budget proposal on Thursday.

The federal agency charged with beefing up the nation's southern border on Friday night released its guidelines for hundreds of contractors vying to build Trump's campaign promise.

The proposals call for the construction of mock-ups and full-scale prototypes before the final bids for the actual wall are awarded. The wall's construction will require about $1 billion worth of concrete and cement, according to estimates.

The administration's call for border wall proposals revealed some details about what Trump officials want it to include.

Customs and Border Protection issued a solicitation for contractors to begin bidding for the border wall contract. The president is adamant that he will build a wall but Mexico is saying it's an outrageous idea and that it won't pay for it. "The Government's nominal concept is for a 30-foot high wall", the first threshold requirement states, specifying that designs with heights of at least 18 feet may be also acceptable.

It said the wall should have features that do not allow people to climb over it and should prevent digging below the wall.

The proposals also say the wall must include 25- and 50-foot automated gates for pedestrians and vehicles. 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, auto jack, pickaxe, chisel, battery-operated impact tools, battery-operated cutting tools [or] oxy/acetylene torch". Finalists will make a two-and-half hour long oral presentation to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, which is overseeing the contest.

The documents stipulate that the wall should be "pleasing in color, anti-climb texture, etc.", and should be "consistent with general surrounding environment".

Finally, the little walls are supposed to be pretty - at least on the US side of the border.

"The reality is that I do not think they're going to hire a Mexican company that imports light bulbs from China", he said. He's been speaking to BBC Newsday's Shaimaa Khalil in the latest leg in her road trip across the United States in the lead up to 100 Days of Donald Trump's presidency.

There are two proposals listed in the documents.

Three of the most famous historical walls are now mainly in ruins: the Great Wall of China, Hadrian's Wall, and the Berlin Wall.


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