Yikes: Border Wall Just Got A Lot More Expensive

Yikes: Border Wall Just Got A Lot More Expensive

Yikes: Border Wall Just Got A Lot More Expensive

A report completed by the Department of Homeland Security and leaked to the Reuters news agency on Thursday, pegs the cost of extending the existing barrier along the southern border at $21.6 billion, nearly double the $12 billion figure that Trump floated during his presidential campaign.

President Donald Trump's proposed project at the U.S-Mexico border could reportedly cost over $21 billion. One proposal to pay for the wall floated by the administration, a border adjustment tax, does not appear to actually shift the cost to Mexico. He said his district includes rough terrain where "it is impossible to build a physical wall".

Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray has previously echoed the view of his president, Enrique Pena Nieto, that Mexico will never pay for the wall, and described this as "non-negotiable".

The Department of Homeland Security told Reuters that it does not "comment on or confirm the potential existence of pre-decisional, deliberative documents", while a White House spokeswoman said she would not comment on a report that hasn't been presented to the president yet.

The president also cited The Washington Times' report Friday that after a judge halted his extreme vetting executive order, the State Department surged admissions of Syrians, Iraqis and other refugees from the seven countries Mr. Trump is most anxious about in connection to terrorism.

The report accounted for the time and cost of acquiring private land, one reason for its steep price increase compared to estimates from Trump and members of Congress.

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It says the first phase of the construction, also the easiest and cheapest, would take place in sections near San Diego, California, and in Texas.

Reuters said the report is the final step before beginning the process of asking Congress to provide taxpayer funding and launching construction. The second phase would cover an additional 151 miles, mostly in Texas, but also around Tucson, Arizona.

The document also revealed that the US government has begun to coordinate with existing contractors, plan for steel purchases and seek waivers for environmental laws.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pressing the Trump administration on how they plan to pay for a wall on the US and Mexico border.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry said late Thursday it has intensified efforts to protect Mexican migrants, "foreseeing the hardening of measures by immigration authorities in the USA, as well as possible constitutional violations during raids or in due process".

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