Skip to comments.Border Wall to Cost at Least $3 Million Per Mile
Posted on 05/21/2006 4:58:16 AM PDT by ovrtaxt
The federal government will have to reach deep into taxpayers' pockets if it goes ahead with plans to build a security wall along the U.S.-Mexican border it could cost at least $3 million per mile.
That's $568.18 per foot.
President Bush this week sent Congress a $1.9 billion request to increase border security. But that money would go not only for new fencing, but also for 1,000 new Border Patrol agents, the temporary deployment of up to 6,000 National Guard troops, two new surveillance aircraft and five helicopters.
In December the House voted to build a security barrier with a double set of steel walls, floodlights, surveillance cameras and motion detectors along 700 miles of the 1,952-mile border.
The Senate this week voted to build 370 miles of barrier.
After the House vote, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., estimated that the 700-mile barrier would cost $2.2 billion, or about $3 million mile.
But that estimate could be way off the mark.
NewsMax looked toward Israel as an example and found that the 425-mile complex of fences, concrete walls, trenches and razor wire it is building along its border with the West Bank will cost $1.56 billion, or $3.67 million per mile in an area where labor costs are far lower than in the United States.
The San Diego experience points to even higher costs.
A 14-mile, 15-foot-high double fence is now under construction near San Diego. Roughly $39 million has been spent on the project so far, and Homeland Security plans to spend $35 million more.
"If that $74 million is enough to finish the job [Border Patrol says the cost could keep rising] and the price is multiplied over the proposed 700 miles, the new fence could run $3.7 billion," the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
"Even that estimate doesn't take into account the expense of purchasing or condemning many miles of privately owned land abutting the border or of potential legal challenges."
At $3.7 billion, the 700-mile fence would cost $5.28 million per mile or an astounding $1,000 per foot.
The fence near San Diego has slowed the flood of illegal aliens traveling through the border city of Imperial Beach, Calif., from about 2,000 a day to just a few a day on average.
That has driven aliens and drug smugglers to more remote and treacherous migration routes, and migrants increasingly hire smugglers to help them make the three-day hike through parched terrain a tactic they could use to circumvent the new 700-mile fence.
So building the fence could turn out to be an expensive boondoggle, according to Mike Allen, director of the McAllen, Texas, Economic Development Corp.
"We want people to support our immigration laws because we live here," said Allen, whose home is half a mile from the border.
"But this will be a tremendous waste of money, and it will not stop immigration. People will just go around it."
The only solution that will work, according to a number of anti-immigration activist groups, is to build the fence along the entire 1,952-mile border.
About like your typical rural Interstate cost?
Must be a union contract.
Probably half of that is for lawyers to fight environmental impact nonsense.
Overall cost of a wall, in the grand scheme of FedGov things, is peanuts.
I've noticed some of the static here has quieted as people realize that, indeed, the President IS giving us some of what we want. There's more to do of course, but reasonable people can see he has made great progress towards what we want.
Compared with the Katrina "rebuilding," it's the greatest bargain in American history since the Alaska purchase.
If India can afford 1500 miles of electrified razor wire along its border with Bangladesh, we should be able to afford a real wall. The federal government wastes more than this $3 billion in a month on Medicare fraud, and we never read about that in the msm.
If it keeps out even half the illegals, the best ! Bar none....
Accounted and unaccounted costs of illegals must be between 100 to 200 billion per year.
Fence 3-5 billion.
Government doesn't think numbers work. Go figure.
Maybe not the only solution, but certainly the best solution IMO. I don't care if the total cost is $20 Billion. I'm sure there are enough $250 million "bridges to nowhere" in the Federal budget to cover a large chunk of the cost. Regardless, the fence will pay for itself a thousand times over.
Let's just say 6 billion. A drop in the bucket for a near 2 trillion dollar budget over three years.
$3.7B? Were're spending that amount or more every week in Iraq, so what's the big deal?
Whatever the cost will be is peanuts in comparison to the BILLIONS the illegals are costing taxpayers now!!
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