Trump reveals plans for 'aesthetically pleasing' border wall

  • Trump reveals plans for 'aesthetically pleasing' border wall

Trump reveals plans for 'aesthetically pleasing' border wall

The plan includes a provisional budget for the planning and construction of the Trump border wall, The New York Times reported. The specifics are technical within reason, reflecting Trump's mission to restrict border crossings.

The request is seeking proposals for two border wall types: one that's made of reinforced concrete with that "physically imposing" attribute. "Obviously the wall construction is an offense to Mexico".

The request from Customs and Border Protection also said vendors should submit wall designs that make it essentially impossible for a person to climb or gain access with a ladder.

The current fencing is of mixed construction, including 15-foot steel posts set inches apart in an effort to keep people from crossing and shorter posts that are meant to block cars.

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

The requests also call for anti-climb features against grappling hooks or handholds, and the prevention of breaking through the wall for at least 1 hour using a, "sledgehammer, auto jack, pick axe, chisel, battery operated impact tools, battery operated cutting tools, Oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools". To get the contract, companies will need to show their wall would take at least an hour to cut through using a sledgehammer, pick axe, chisel, carjack or acetylene torch.

"CBP issued two RFPs to acquire multiple conceptual wall designs with the intent to construct multiple prototypes", the agency says in a press release.

The Trump administration wants to build a 30-foot-high border wall that looks good from the north side and is hard to climb or cut through, according to a pair of contract notices posted to a government website further detailing President Donald Trump's promise to build a "big, handsome wall" at the Mexican border. It does not address the aesthetics of the Mexican side.

The topic has caused something of a rift between US President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Soon afterward, the companies will build the prototypes in San Diego, where they will be tested.

The President has called for a wall that soars 65 feet in height before settling on a mere 30 feet and he often boasts that Mexico will foot the bill, despite President Enrique Peña Nieto scoffing at notion.

"As I am sure you would agree, securing our borders is the responsibility of the Federal Government, however, due to the importance of protecting our borders for illegal immigration, as well as from flood waters from the Rio Grande River, we feel that the continued partnership is essential to protecting the State of Texas, as well as the United States", reads the end of the letter to McCaul and Secretary Kelly. Customs and Border Protection aims to pay 38 percent of its contract to small business, 5 percent to woman-owned firms and 3 percent to companies owned by disabled veterans.