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Trump to Sign Border Wall Construction Order

Estimated per mile cost: $10.7 million per mile, not including future maintenance and change orders

January 25, 2017

President Trump plans to sign executive orders Wednesday enabling construction of his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and targeting cities where local leaders refuse to hand over illegal immigrants for deportation, according to White House officials familiar with the decisions.

According to the New York Times, Congress would need to approve any new funding necessary to build the wall. The Government Accountability Office has estimated that it could cost $6.5 million per mile to build a single-layer fence, and an additional $4.2 million per mile for roads and more fencing. These estimates do not include maintenance of the fence along the nearly 2,000-mile border with Mexico. The order would shift already appropriated federal funds to the wall’s construction. No details as to funding.

If funding for the border wall is included in spending bills this spring, it would provide money to begin construction on a barrier that was authorized by legislation passed in 2006, but was never completed.

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