The prototypes will be used to decide upon a design for the wall that ultimately is constructed along the border.
On Sunday, the White House, via one heck of a Fox News chyron, announced its requirements for President Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico.
Trump called for the wall to stop illegal immigration into the United States from Mexico and to cut off drug-smuggling routes.
"The wall shall prevent/deter for a minimum of 1 hour the creation of a physical breach of the wall (e.g., punching through the wall) larger than 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter or square using sledgehammer, vehicle jack, pickaxe, chisel, battery-operated impact tools, battery-operated cutting tools, oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools", it said.
Below are the requirements for the "big, handsome wall".
A steel wall separates Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, from a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Nogales, Arizona.
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Height: The structure has to be "physically imposing", suggesting a height of 30 feet.
This is a first step for President Trump to bring about his campaign promise to build a "big, lovely wall" between the United States and Mexico, according to a report by CNBC. The government's proposal reflects many of his campaign promises, including that the wall be tall and "beautiful".
The agency is seeking bids from designers and builders who are prepared to erect prototypes of their wall plans of a reduced size and total area of about 10 square meters each, which would be used to make a final decision later this year about how the wall would be built and by whom. A preliminary version of the president's budget for government for fiscal 2018, beginning in October, was sent to Congress this week, and it included $2.6 billion for the beginning of wall construction.
In recent weeks, hundreds of companies indicated interest in the project.
As is standard with government contracts, a secretive selection committee will evaluate the proposals based on the merits of the design and the contractors' ability to complete the job.
Through the construction of prototypes, CBP will partner with industry to identify the best means and methods to construct border wall before making a more substantial investment in construction. Those two phases would cost $5 billion.