March 31, 2017
Donald Trump promised his supporters a “big, beautiful wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border throughout his presidential campaign. And, despite the President reiterating that promise and signing an Executive Order for “a contiguous, physical wall . . .” recent comments from the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans suggest a back-off from the actual barrier.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, for example, has been quite vocal about the difficulties in putting up a wall in rugged West Texas, which is mainly mountains and canyons. And U.S. Sen. John Cornyn indicted that Trump spoke only metaphorically about a border wall; no way is the real thing going to go forward. Nor, apparently, is money forthcoming for the project, with Senate Republicans refusing the administration’s request for an additional $1.5 billion to get the project moving forward.
The Department of Homeland Security, however, is continuing to request proposals for the barrier, with bids due Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
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