Despite massive protests and anger across the country, President Trump is sticking to his core campaign promise and building his infamous border wall. At least, he’s moving forward as though the wall is coming. While there are still many hurdles to overcome, Trump — through the Customs and Border Patrol — has started taking bids for construction of the wall. And the president has some pretty specific requirements… What are those requirements? And what can we expect moving forward?
What Can We Expect to Happen to Trump’s Wall Moving Forward?
A surprising number of construction companies put in bids to build the wall. More than 700 companies submitted bids, in fact. However, the reality is that only a handful of companies have the size, experience, and resources to handle the project.
So how does the government pick?
The government announced that bids and plans must be submitted by March 29th to be eligible for consideration. Then, a committee will review all submissions and choose the top 20 plans to for contractors to then detail cost and execution strategies. From there, multiple prototypes will be built out before selecting the winning companies.
What will the wall look like?
Trump and the CBP were pretty specific about what they’re looking for. For starters, the wall can be no shorter than 18 ft. tall. However, the government envisions a 30 ft construct. The wall must be climb-resistant with anti-climbing fixtures, and be able to withstand tools ranging from chisels to blowtorches which might be used to breach it.
The wall must go down into the ground at least 6 ft. in order to prevent tunneling underneath, should have a see-through appearance, and include sliding parts to allow for cars and people to pass through as needed. And on the U.S. side of the wall, it must be physically appealing in color, anti-climb textures, and overall appearance, and blend in with the surrounding landscape and environment.
In addition to all of that, CBP is requesting two types of bids — one for a solid concrete wall, and one from “alternative materials”, which leaves companies open to provide new ideas to the government. That could come in handy as the logistics and practicality of building a 2,000 mile long, 30 ft. high, solid concrete wall can be extremely daunting.
What happens now?
The truth is, nothing.
Trump still faces so many legal and logistical challenges that no type of foundation can even begin being put into place for many months, if not years. However, Trump is prepping for the process in true Trump style and just moving forward. And that means that he’ll continue to move forward with the process so that when/if he gets a green light, he’s ready to begin construction immediately.
Watch This video regarding Trump’s wall from Wochit News:
Traders should keep an eye on the bidding competition and heavily invest in whichever company or companies secure land the jobs, as shares of those companies will skyrocket.
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