DHS Wants Proposals for a Border Wall 'Aesthetically Pleasing in Color'

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Both require the wall to sunk at least 6 feet into the ground and 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".

The government has not said where the wall will be built, though the contract notices suggest some pieces of a new wall could replace existing fencing that stretches over about 700 miles of the roughly 2,000-mile border.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued requests for proposals for prototypes for Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border, saying the wall facing the U.S. side should be "aesthetically pleasing in color", though it makes no mention of how the controversial wall should look on the Mexican side.

The other document requesting proposals has numerous same requirements but it does not specify that it be solid concrete.

In the latest act of resistance against the Trump administration, the state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would force the state to drop its pension investments in any companies involved in the project.

CBP issued two RFPs to acquire multiple conceptual wall designs with the intent to construct multiple prototypes.

Customs and Border Protection said it intends to award multiple contracts based on responses to its request statement, but noted the aggregate awards would not surpass $300 million. The current fencing of mixed construction, including 15-foot steel posts set inches apart that are created to keep people from crossing and shorter posts that are meant to block cars.

A steel wall separates Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, from a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Nogales, Arizona.

This week the President sent a budget proposal to Congress including a $2.6bn (£2bn) down payment for the wall.

And the newspaper said the Department of Homeland Security has estimated the wall will cost $21 billion to complete. Mr Trump's suggested cost is closer to the lower estimate.

Specifications for the finished product, as described in the official documents, make clear that the wall will be a massive construction project. Democrats and some Republicans have said a border-long wall is unnecessary.

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