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225 companies lined up to build Trump's wall

03/01/2017 - 15:43

Hundreds of companies lined up to offer their services for construction of the border wall between the United States and Mexico.

© Tomas Castelazo,
© Tomas Castelazo,
There were 225 construction and engineering companies as of Tuesday’s evening that have expressed interest in participating in construction of the wall on the Mexican-American border. This follows from a website for contractors interested in doing business with the federal government. The list includes building companies such as Caddell, and engineering firms, for example, the largest defense contractor Raytheon. Several small companies also want to participate, including 20 firms belonging to the Spanish-Americans who could come under scrutiny because of Trump’s anti-immigrant initiatives.

Trump himself announced early start of construction of the wall. According to him, it will be an effective weapon in the fight against crime and drugs. 

Previously, American media reported that the US Customs and Border Service start accepting applications for the wall’s construction at the beginning of March. According to journalists, the agency will publish announcement of call for proposals from potential contractors on March 6; contractors will be able to submit their projects until 10 March. The agency will decide on finalists by 20 March, and they will have to provide calculation of costs by 24 March.

Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the Mexican-American border is a key part of his plan to combat illegal migration.

The United States and Mexico are separated with 2 thousand miles-long frontiers. Now, it is not clear whether the wall will be extended to the entire length of the border. A wall along the border would cost the United States up to $ 21.6 billion, and its construction will take more than three years, according to an internal report of the National Security Department.

At that, Donald Trump during the election campaign was speaking about only $ 12 billion. Republican Paul Ryan and majority leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell hoped for a little more - $ 15 billion.

According to a recent report prepared at the request of the US Department of Homeland Security, 170 thousand illegal immigrants made their way in the United States in 2015.

Thus, about 1.7 million illegal immigrants from Mexico may get in the country in the next 10 years. If the wall cuts number of illegal immigrants at least by half, its construction will pay off quickly. 

"If the wall, which will be built along the southern US border, prevents at least 50% of illegal immigrants from entering the country, it will save nearly $ 64 billion from the state budget over the next 10 years. This figure is several times higher than cost of the wall’s construction"- suggests the paper.

According to experts from the United States Council on Foreign Relations, number of immigrants from Latin American countries compiles 17% of the total population.

In addition, analysts forecast an increase of migration flows from the region to 119 million people over the next 30 years. This applies to both legal and illegal immigrants.

At the same time, according to Pew Research Research Center, number of Hispanic immigrants in the US could reach 27% of the country’s total population by 2060. 


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