Donald Trump’s border wall is on a fast track. The plan, as outlined by Department of Homeland Security, is to break ground in April. The cost, as reported by the federal government, is a whopping $21 billion.
That’s a small time-frame to take a swing at making a large amount of money, regardless of the controversy the wall may bring. The thinking may be, someone’s got to build it.
The Hill reports that “A number of small businesses have also applied, including 20 owned by Hispanic-Americans who could come under scrutiny for helping to build the controversial wall that critics say represents Trump’s hostility toward the immigrant community.”
It’s too early to know which Latino-owned companies answered an ad in a government contracting website, but early word is that firms like Caddell Engineering and Raytheon, a top defense contractor, are on the early list. What is known is that the U.S.-Mexico wall is about 2,000 miles long and is considered by Mexico and by many in the U.S. Latino community as an aggression against the long-standing relationship between the countries and a symbolic affront to Hispanics in the U.S.
A Mexican company is considering competing for the wall contract
Reuters reports that “Mexico’s Cemex, one of the world’s largest cement producers, is open to providing quotes to supply the raw materials for U.S. President Donald Trump’s promised border wall, its chairman told Reforma newspaper on Wednesday.”
The planning and construction is moving forward
A request for prototype ideas for the wall will be released on March 6 and a Cemex spokesman said the cement supplier would have a “responsibility” to provide information if one of their clients answered the call and asked for a quote.
Who will pay for the wall?
But the most controversial part of Trump’s plan, the part that says that Mexico will somehow pay for it, has yet to be addressed. In the first days of the Trump administration it was hinted that the federal government would foot the bill, to be reimbursed later.
That said, there’s been no discussion so far about where the $21 billion would come from.