An internal report from theÂ Department of Homeland Security saysÂ President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would cost up toÂ $21.6 billion and take more than three years to complete, Reuters reported Thursday.
Julia Edwards Ainsley writes the report presentsÂ a higher figureÂ than an initial $12 billion figure put forth byÂ TrumpÂ and a $15 billion estimateÂ from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and SenateÂ Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The proposed construction effort wouldÂ occur in three phases through 2020 to build aÂ 1,250-mile stretch of fences and walls that would extend the current 654-mile border with Mexico, Ainsley reported.
The report assumesÂ Congress willÂ provide fundsÂ by April or May, which aims toÂ allow DHSÂ to findÂ contractors and start construction in September, Reuters stated.
The documentÂ also revealed that the U.S. government has begun to coordinate with existing contractors, plan for steel purchases and seek waivers forÂ environmental laws.