The Trump administration’s new plan to build a $1.6 trillion new wall along the US-Mexico border could cost taxpayers billions of dollars
The Trump White House is proposing a $2.5 trillion wall along a 1,600-mile border with Mexico that would cost taxpayers $1,788 billion, a senior administration official said Wednesday.
The proposal comes after the Department of Homeland Security said it is planning to spend $1 billion to upgrade the existing barrier along the border and add fencing along the entire length of the border, a move the White House has said could cost more than $2 billion.
The wall would have to be built by the end of 2021 and be able to withstand the rigors of the job.
The cost of the wall is estimated at $1 trillion, including the cost of maintaining the existing wall and the cost for construction of the new wall.
Trump’s administration has been criticized for the proposal and said that any construction on the border would be done in phases.
However, the Department’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, said Wednesday that it would cost $1 to build the wall in phases of $20 billion each.