3/2/2017 Los Angeles Times
Mexico has said it won’t pay for it. And polls show that the U.S. public doesn’t have all that much appetite for it. Nonetheless, the administration of President Trump is moving along with its plans to build a wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border — a project that could end up costing American taxpayers $15 billion to $40 billion (or 101 to 270 times the annual budget for the National Endowment for the Arts).
And even if the funds for the project have yet to be identified — much less authorized — it is a project that is nonetheless entering the design and prototype phase.
Last Friday, the Department of Homeland Security placed a presolicitation notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website for “the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United Sates border with Mexico.” The notice says that the department expects to have a formal solicitation online by Monday and concept papers will be due four days later. The plan is to request formal proposals with cost estimates by the end of the month.