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How much will Trump's border wall cost?

President Donald Trump vowed Saturday to keep costs down on his proposed wall along the USA border with Mexico, although he did not specify how much one of his signature campaign promises would cost. The internal report estimates that the cost will be $21.6 billion, around double to $10 billion to $12 billion figure President Trump cited during his campaign.

According to the DHS reports the estimated cost for the wall is 21.6 billion dollars and would take more than 3 years to complete it. The unexpectedly high cost of acquiring private land is one of the reasons for the higher price.

The report shows the US government has begun seeking waivers to address environmental laws on building in some areas.

The Massachusetts Democrat and five other Democratic senators have sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly raising concerns about what they said was the potential diversion of funds from key agency priorities.

The report sets out what it would take to close the border with 1,250 miles of fences by the end of 2020 during three construction phases.

The Southern border stretching 1900 miles along all types of terrains and covers four states: California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas.

The estimate comes from plans to build the wall across the entire Mexico-U.S. border, as Trump has frequently promised to do, covering 1,250 miles.

Speaking at a conference of police chiefs in Washington on Wednesday, the president insisted: "The wall is getting designed right now".

Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray has previously echoed the view of his president, Enrique Pena Nieto, that Mexico will never pay for the wall, and described this as "non-negotiable".

The question for Republicans in Congress and the president is how far they are willing to go in busting the budget to get the wall built?

I imagine for many United States residents along the border with Mexico, the wall will positively impact their lives.

The ensuing legal battle could add drive constructions cost up to as much as $25 billion, according to Bernstein Research, an investment research group that tracks material costs.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry said late Thursday it has intensified efforts to protect Mexican migrants, "foreseeing the hardening of measures by immigration authorities in the US, as well as possible constitutional violations during raids or in due process".



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