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Border Wall: the hidden costs

The border wall along the Southwest United States continues being a topic of controversial proportions and is considered the primary reason for the current U.S. government shutdown.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) is looking for the federal government (taxpayer) to fund approximately 654 miles of fencing along the U.S./ Mexico border with an estimated cost of $24,721,200,000 or($12.3 billion) in labor and ($12.3 billion) in supplies.

Locally in Maverick County, there are 80 miles of land along the U.S/ Mexico border. But only three miles of border fence has been built in the past 10 years.

At this point in time, a border wall just alone in Maverick County according to government estimates would cost the taxpayer approximately $ 2,759,400,000 or with it being split down the middle at $ 1,379,700,000 in supplies and labor to finish 77 miles of Maverick County border left between the U.S and Mexico.

This does not cover any other cost that could be incurred due to legal procedures to take over land and other issues that may arise for the government and land owners.

The United States House of Representatives has passed a bill to fund the government which does not include money to build a border wall.

It’s now up to the U.S Senate to approve the funding bill and send it to the U.S. President’s desk to be signed which more than likely will hit a wall thus continuing the government shutdown.

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