DHS Wants Proposals for a Border Wall 'Aesthetically Pleasing in Color'

Riverdale Mills at Pago Pago International Airport American Samoa

"The wall design shall be physically imposing in height", the Custom and Border Protection said in the request for bids.

Trump, who as a candidate made the Mexican border wall one of his main campaign themes, said he wanted "a big, attractive wall", and the government's request for bids reflected that wish, declaring the completed project should be "aesthetically pleasing" - at least on the north or USA -facing side of the wall. They are asking contractors to mock-up one of two types of walls: a solid concrete wall or a wall with a "see-through component".

Earlier this week, the White House requested US$3 billion more for Homeland Security, with some of that intended for planning and building the border wall.

The government will award a contract based on 30-foot-wide sample walls that are to be built in San Diego.

Other requirements for the wall include its height, which "ideally. should be 30 feet (9 meters) high". The proposed wall must also be built in a such a way that it would take at least an hour to cut through it with a "sledgehammer, vehicle jack, pick axe, chisel, battery operated impact tools, battery operated cutting tools, Oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools". The agency previously called for would-be bidders to submit concept designs by March 10, but it was not clear whether any were submitted. Border Patrol agents are constantly repairing holes in the structure.

President Donald Trump's vision of a border wall between the United States and Mexico is not just a campaign promise.

This week the President sent a budget proposal to Congress including a $2.6bn (£2bn) down payment for the wall. Mr Trump's suggested cost is closer to the lower estimate.

Specifications for the finished product, as described in the official documents, make clear that the wall will be a massive construction project.

"Spending billions of taxpayer dollars to wall off the remainder of the border is an exorbitantly expensive and an ineffective substitute for a smart, layered approach to border security", said Sen.

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