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Friday, 10 February 2017 - 16:52
Trump border 'wall' expected to cost $21.6 billion to be built in 3.5 years
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US President Donald Trump’s planned “wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border would consist of a series of fences and walls that would cost as much as US Dollars 21.6 billion, and take more than three years to construct, based on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security internal report reported by Foreign Media yesterday.

The report’s estimated price-tag is much more than a US dollar 12-billion figure cited by Trump in his campaign and estimates as high as US Dollars 15 billion from Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The report is expected to be presented to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly in the coming days.

The plan lays out what it would take to seal the border in three phases of construction of fences and walls that covers just over 1,250 miles (2,000 km) by the end of 2020.

With 654 miles (1,046 km) of the border already fortified, the new construction would extend almost the length of the entire border.

Many cost estimates and timelines have been floated since Republican candidate Trump campaigned on the promise of building a wall. The report is the work of a group commissioned by Kelly as a final step before moving forward with requesting U.S. taxpayer funds from Congress and getting started on construction.

A DHS spokeswoman said the department does "not comment on or confirm the potential existence of pre-decisional, deliberative documents."

A White House spokeswoman stated it would be “premature” to comment on a report that has not officially been presented to the president.

According to the report the first phase would be the smallest, targeting sections covering 26 miles (42 km) near San Diego, California; El Paso, Texas; and in Texas's Rio Grande Valley.

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