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Dockadams Wrote: We'll see if he shuts down the government over border wall funding, he want's $5B. Maybe Mexico will kick in a few bucks? Forget the $5 billion; the cost will be more than 50 times that; don't forget the difficult "terrain" on which it has to be built, as well the disputes and claims of the landowners surely will come. Furthermore the distance of about over 2000 miles requires a lot of resources/labor etc. The border lines are not even exactly defined at certain places.Also don't forget what Trump "pockets"; I bet he selects the "contractors" who for sure are asked for "kickbacks" to him; to be deposited in the Caymans or another foreign "bank" heaven. He is not eager about "border protection"; he wants only the millions flowing in his pocket. Amen.
Oh I know how difficult the terrain is, after being in New Mexico for 5 years and owning a narrow trail rated Jeep, we went many places where an ordinary 4 wheel drive couldn't navigate. The Texas/Mexico border terrain is very similar. In fact, once in awhile we'd see CBP agents parked in Lake Valley, NM using binoculars trying to spot immigrants on foot, I don't know how successful they were apprehending anyone in that area. From the east where Caballo Lake is located to the foothills of the Gila National Forest is where the lake valley runs, from the south where El Paso, Texas is located, the lake valley is tough in the day time hours on summer days when it's very, very hot and dry, a person can become dehydrated in just a short time, at night, the temps drop dramatically. There's also critters that come out at dusk, rats, snakes, tarantulas, scorpions and others come out. If the terrain doesn't get to you, the critters and conditions can. bing.com/maps?q=caballo+lake%2c+new+mex...
Just getting contractors to work in those conditions would be monumental.
And as you mentioned, what kind of kickbacks will the Trump organization get from the contract bids. $5B is a hell of a lot of money.