The Trump Administration is now officially taking bids to construct the border wall between the United States and Mexico.
In documents released Friday, Homeland Security officials said that the wall should be 30-feet high and seem imposing to potential border-crossers.
Whether it will be concrete or steel or some other kind of material hasn’t been determined yet, but they are officially seeking bids for it’s construction.
In contracting documents, Customs and Border Protection officials said that “the wall shall design shall be physically imposing in height,” providing, in some sense, a psychological deterrent to potential illegal aliens.
They’d like to see a 30-foot wall, but outright reject any wall that isn’t at least 18 feet high. The wall also has to run at least six feet underground to prevent anyone from easily tunneling underneath it, The Washington Times reports.
The wall would have to be made of material that would take at least an hour to bust through, the documents say. To top it off, they don’t want the side that faces the U.S. to be ugly.
The request for proposals comes less than two months into President Donald Trump’s administration and are a signal of Trump’s anxiousness to fulfill one of his key campaign promises.
The bid solicitation comes one day after the White House released their first budget calling for an initial outlay of $1 billion to begin building the wall, with another $2 billion in fiscal year 2018.
The contracting documents don’t give a hint as to the eventual scope of the wall, but Mr. Trump’s budget suggested it would in fact run the nearly 2,000 miles of the border. And the documents did call for designs that would work on a 45-degree slope, indicating a desire to build fencing even along mountainous areas where the border patrol had previously thought barriers unnecessary.
Currently about 654 miles of the border have a barrier — 354 miles of that is a type of pedestrian fence, while the other 300 miles are vehicle barriers designed to stop cars and trucks, but which easily let people and animals through.
The existing pedestrian fencing varies in design, but types of fence that have alternative slats allowing Border Patrol agents to see through to the Mexican side are preferred because they help cut down on ambushes by rock-throwers, according to a recent government audit.