C.E. Dyer reports that President Donald Trump’s proposed construction of a border wall is already kicking off an economic boom before it even starts, with hundreds of companies clamoring to be a part of the project.
The Hill reported:
As of Tuesday evening, 225 companies — mostly construction and engineering firms — have expressed interest in building the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a website for contractors interested in doing business with the federal government.
The list includes construction companies such as Caddell, engineering firms and top defense contractor Raytheon.
A number of small businesses have also applied, including 20 owned by Hispanic-Americans who could come under scrutiny for helping to build the controversial wall that critics say represents Trump’s hostility toward the immigrant community.
The Department of Homeland Security estimates it will cost more than $21 billion to construct a wall along the southern border, but critics say the costs could be much higher.
Contractors who have expressed interest in the project have until March 10 to submit a prototype concept paper, followed by a formal request for proposal by March 24.
The Trump administration could hire multiple companies beginning in April.
Trump has said that he hopes to begin the process of building the wall soon and, according to the Hill, that he would like to see it completed by the end of his first four years in office.
The wall is already providing a boost to the economy and creating jobs just via the planning stages of its construction. Should it be built, and by all appearances it will be, it will further boost the economy, free up jobs for many Americans, and boost wages.
In addition, border states will hopefully see a boost thanks to the wall — people may very well be more apt to go down there if they know that a wall is in place and that it is safer than ever before to do so.
It will be very interesting to see what happens and when, but it appears so far that things are moving along according to plan.