A Department of Homeland Security internal report says that the border wall could cost over $21 billion, according to Reuters.
According to an internal document by the Department of Homeland Secretary, Building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would cost about $21.6 billion and take up to 3 and a half years to complete.
President Trump made the border wall a main issue during his campaign. However, the estimated cost is around double the amount the president and new DHS Secretary John Kelly, have claimed
The document details a plan composed of 3 phases where the construction can begin along the 1,250 miles long border, and the challenges facing the construction, along with the cost estimate. The report, however, leaves an import detail out, which is what the wall would look like.
Secretary Kelly met with Gov. Doug Ducey during his tour of the Arizona – Mexico border, as well as officials from other the federal agencies under DHS and the state’s four border sheriffs.
The purpose of the meeting was to assess their opinion of how useful the wall might be. After the meeting, Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said that they discussed using technology in parts, while using physical structures in other parts, “but there’s a lot to be vetted out in that,” he added.
More than the estimate:
Trump had stated that the wall would cost between$10 billion and $12 billion. While Senator McConnell told congressional Republicans during a private event that the cost would be closer to $12 billion to $15 billion.
The cost in the DHS report has increased considerably over the previously estimated amounts due to the high cost of acquiring private land.
In 2013, Denise Gilman documented the fencing already in place at the Texas-Mexico border. She, along with her team, found that barriers erected less than 10 years ago stripped owners of their property, or cut it in two.
The phases of the wall:
Phase one of the construction is set to begin in September, according to the report. It will cover 26 miles in San Diego, El Paso, and the Rio Grade Valley in south Texas.
The second phase will cover 151 miles in Arizona, and additional parts of Texas, in Laredo and the Big Bend area. The final phase will cover the remaining areas.
The construction is projected to last 3 and a half years, according to the document. This is a year and a half more than the timeframe Kelly had told Fox News last week.
The report also assumes that Congress would allocate the funds for the construction of the wall, despite earlier assurances that Mexico would pay for it.
Reuters also reported that Kelly should present the document to the public in the next few days.