Bidding closes for building Trump's border wall

Kelly, testifying before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said "we're not going to build a wall where it doesn't make sense" - but assured that the administration will secure the border with a combination of fences, electronics, towers, and wall structures in areas determined by Customs and Border Protection agents.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Congress the decline was "no accident", crediting President Trump.

The wall has yet to be funded as Congress is expected to debate the upcoming budget for much of April.

Democrats quickly seized on that, wanting to know if Kelly's boss had signed off on something that differed from his campaign pledge to build a wall, and have Mexico pay for it.

The U.S. -Mexico border stretches about 1,950 miles. Another company expressed the desire to allow their workers to carry a sidearm for self-defense. In Texas, however, many are concerned about this plan, especially where I live in the Rio Grande Valley. The top three - Bechtel, Fluor Corp. and Turner Corp. - are not listed as interested vendors, according to CNN. One was in Washington on Tuesday working all the way to the deadline.

"I don't want to get into politics, but the wall has always been there", he said. Using trenches at least 100 feet deep to store the waste, Clayton would also draw funds from the Department of Energy to further fund the wall.

"Everybody else looks at this as a construction project", Carpenter said.

Fibre sensors would be embedded in the concrete to immediately alert officials to any attempts to climb over or tunnel under the wall.

The government is seeking in its specifications published on March 17, designs for 30 feet tall, made of concrete, and tamper-proof from a sledgehammer or Oxy/acetylene torch, plus designs for two chain link fences, and aesthetically pleasing.

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Kelly said he's been given "elbow room" by the president to execute the border as he sees fit and the wall could be combination of fencing, surveillance and technology.

Bids were due Tuesday on the wall, with DHS asking for concept papers for a prototype made of either concrete or "other" material.

Another proposes a see-through wall - but only from the American side. His administration has started taking bids to build a wall and requested funding for more immigration judges and Border Patrol agents.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - One bidder wants to cover President Donald Trump's border wall with solar panels.

It is not clear if the governmentwill release the designs to the public. The Border Patrol said it would respond as needed only to hostile attacks.

It would also create "nodes of cultural production" such as libraries, museums, galleries and workshops between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, and other spots with cities on both sides of the border.

Submitting a bid, let alone winning, can bring risks.

Kelly did say it is still "very likely" that more border barriers will be built, but that they will be strategic.

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