WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued requests for proposals for prototypes for a wall along the Mexican border, saying it should ideally be 30 feet (9 meters) high and that the wall facing the American side should be “aesthetically pleasing in color.”
A wall to stop illegal immigration was one of Donald Trump‘s top campaign promises and has been highly controversial. The president has promised to have Mexico reimburse the United States for its cost, but Mexico has repeatedly said it will not.
Earlier this week, the White House requested an additional $ 3 billion for Homeland Security, with part of that amount going toward planning and building the border wall.
According to a document posted online by the US Customs and Border Protection on Friday night, the wall should be 30 feet high, constructed of concrete and “physically imposing.” However, it says that designs over 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall could be acceptable.
“Designs with heights of less than 18 feet are not acceptable,” the document says. He said the wall should have features that don’t allow people to climb and avoid digging under the wall.
“The wall shall prevent / deter for a minimum of 1 hour the creation of a physical wall breach (for example, drilling the wall) of more than 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter or square using a mallet, jack to automobile, chisel pick, battery powered impact tools, battery powered cutting tools, oxy / acetylene torch or other similar hand tools, “he said.
The other document requesting proposals has many of the same requirements, but does not specify that it is solid concrete.
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