“We will build a wall.”
Everyone has heard that line from Donald Trump (the American President).
WHY DOES DONALD TRUMP WANT TO BUILD THE WALL?:
Well, most of the American citizens unhappy about illegal immigrations in the United States. They believe that they don’t belong in America, and don’t want them in the country. Donald Trump stated: ‘People don’t build walls because they hate the people on the outside. They do it because they love the people on the inside!’
The Trump administration wants to enforce border security with a combination of a physical wall and natural barriers that would protect the estimated 1,933 miles-long border between the United States and Mexico; many different cost estimates have been thrown around, from as little as $8 billion to as much as $70 billion, with anywhere from $150 million per year to $750 million per year in maintenance.
THE PRICES/ THINGS THAT WILL BE USED FOR THE WALL:
Size of the wall: 1,150 miles long; 40 feet high; 10 feet deep into the ground; 1 foot wide
Total volume of material: 11.2 million cubic yards
Materials: Approximately $8.7 billion in concrete (97 percent of the materials); approximately $3.6 billion in steel (3 percent of the materials)
Labor: Approximately $12.3 billion (given the labor costs on the original 654 miles of barriers we can assume a conservative 1:1 ratio of materials to labor)
Land acquisition: About 60 percent of the border is privately owned land. While the federal government has the power to take privately owned property for public purposes, it must provide “just compensation.” Based on previous purchases from the 2006-2009 wall construction, the cost at most would be $300,000 per mile acquired, or approximately $200 million altogether!
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?:
Mr Trump argues $5.7bn (£4.5bn) is needed to fund a wall to tackle the issue - his signature promise of his election campaign.
However, Democrats say such a barrier is a waste of taxpayers' money and a standoff over funding led to the longest-ever shutdown of the US government - 35 days between December and January.
Mr Trump went on to invoke emergency powers, which would allow him to appropriate military funds and resources, a move likely to be rejected by Congress.
In my opinion, the question shouldn’t be about the dollar cost of the wall. It should be about the validity of the wall!