Agency delays start of bidding on Trump border wall

2017-03-15 21:03
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President Trump orders Mexico Border wall to be built

2017-01-26 17:16

US President Donald Trump signed orders paving an immediate construction of the Mexico Border wall on Wednesday. WATCH

Washington - The US government on Wednesday delayed the call for bids from companies to help build the Trump administration's controversial wall on the Mexican border, saying the interest from contractors has been high.

Customs and Border Protection previously said it would issue the request for proposals on Wednesday but in a statement the agency said it was still finalising the documents, which should be released "soon."

"Industry interest has been high," the statement said. To accommodate that,  the agency "intends to expand the opportunity for people who want to propose wall designs."

More than 650 construction-related businesses, including 66 identified as Hispanic-American-owned, expressed interest after the agency issued a "pre-solicitation" announcement last month.

Plans for the wall have been a pillar of President Donald Trump's harsh new immigration policies, which also have involved a controversial travel ban on refugees and migrants from several predominantly Muslim countries.

Trump has repeatedly pledged to build the wall to block the entry of unauthorised migrants and said Mexico would pay for it, despite steadfast refusal by Mexican officials.

Various estimates put the cost for the 9m high wall at between $8bn and $40bn.

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