Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Government seeks designs for 'physically imposing' border wall

Government seeks designs for 'physically imposing' border wall

The Customs and Border Protection seeks industry proposals for the design and construction of prototypes for President Donald Trump's planned U.S. -Mexico border wall.

The notices were made public late Friday by Customs and Border Protection, the Homeland Security Department agency that will oversee the project and eventually patrol and maintain the wall.

"Californians build bridges not walls", Ting said in a release.

The Berkeley City Council last week voted to stop doing business with companies working on the wall, while reports indicate that officials in Oakland are considering a similar move. The proposed wall must also be built in a such a way that it would take at least an hour to cut through it with a "sledgehammer, auto jack, pick axe, chisel, battery operated impact tools, battery operated cutting tools, Oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools".

The north side of the wall, which faces the US, "shall be aesthetically pleasing in color, anti-climb texture, etc., to be consistent with general surrounding environment". The specifications noted that under certain circumstances, likely affected by local topography, some portions of the finished wall could be shorter than 9 meters.

Assembly Bill 946 - the Resist the Wall Act - was co-authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, and Assemblymen Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella.

Among the requirements is that the wall be "aesthetically pleasing in color" and blend into or match the surrounding landscape on the USA side. The agency previously called for would-be bidders to submit concept designs by March 10, but it was not clear whether any were submitted.

"Spending billions of taxpayer dollars to wall off the remainder of the border is an exorbitantly expensive and an ineffective substitute for a smart, layered approach to border security", said Sen.

But Mexico still says it won't pay for the structure, and billions of dollars from the USA government are attached to the program.

It should be tall, climb-resistant, hard to penetrate and blend into the landscape. Trump's recent budget proposal requested $1 billion to begin the process.

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