The Department of Homeland Security announced it will soon begin to receive bids to design a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
"The Dept. of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection intends on issuing a solicitation in electronic format on or about March 6, 2017 for the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico," the announcement, posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, stated. "The procurement will be conducted in two phases, the first requiring vendors to submit a concept paper of their prototype(s) by March 10, 2017, which will result in the evaluation and down select of offerors by March 20, 2017."
The announcement continued: "The second phase will require the down select of phase 1 offerors to submit proposals in response to the full [request for proposal] by March 24, 2017, which will include price. Multiple awards are contemplated by mid-April for this effort. An option for additional miles may be included in each contract award."
Building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was a cornerstone of President Donald Trump's campaign and, since taking office, he hasn't relented on his controversial promise.
"We've defended other nations' borders while leaving ours wide open, anybody can come in," Trump said during his Feb. 24 speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C., according to NBC News. "We're going to build a wall, don't worry about it. We're building the wall, we're building the wall. In fact, it's going to start soon. Way ahead of schedule, way ahead of schedule."
According to a Pew Research poll from January, only 39 percent of Americans consider a border wall to be a very or somewhat important goal for immigration policy.
An internal DHS memo put the estimated cost of constructing a wall along the entire border could cost $21.b billion and take 3.5 years to build, reported Reuters.
Sources: FBO.gov, Reuters, Pew Research, NBC News / Photo Credit: Hillebrand Steve, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikipedia Commons