Trump’s Border Wall Expansion Estimated To Cost $21.6 Billion, Take 3.5 Years

 In Mexico Wall   Last Updated: July 23, 2017

An internal report from the Department of Homeland Security estimates Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall expansion will cost $21.6 billion and take 3.5 years to complete.  “The report’s estimated price-tag is much higher than a $12-billion figure cited by Trump in his campaign and estimates as high as $15 billion from Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.”

Senate democrats released a report stating the border wall “could cost $66.9 billion, in addition to roughly $150 million in annual maintenance“.

654 miles of the nearly 2,000 mile U.S.-Mexico border already have some sort of wall in place, and another 1,000 miles of the border have some sort of natural barrier, meaning nearly 70% of Trump’s proposed border wall are already built.

Much of the original border wall was built on federal land, but much of the additional wall would be built on state or privately owned land.

 

Source: Bloomberg.com (see below citations)

 

 

 

Ainsley, Julia Edwards. “Exclusive – Trump Border ‘wall’ to Cost $21.6 Billion, Take 3.5 Years to Build: Internal Report.Reuters. Thomson Reuters, 09 Feb. 2017. Web. 23 Apr. 2017.
Carney, Jordain. “Senate Dems: Trump’s Border Wall Could Cost Nearly $70 Billion.”TheHill. N.p., 18 Apr. 2017. Web. 23 Apr. 2017.
Ingold, David, Chloe Whiteaker, Mira Rojanasakul, Hannah Recht, and Dean Halford. “Trump’s Wall with Mexico: What We Know.” Bloomberg.com. Bloomberg, 13 Feb. 2017. Web. 23 Apr. 2017.

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