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According to a DHS internal report, Trump's border structure, which would be made up of a series of fences and walls, is expected to cost up to $21.6 billion and take more than three years to construct, Reuters reported this week.

During his campaign, Trump claimed the wall would cost US$12 billion, while Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have both floated estimates of US$15 billion.

The current Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), retired Marine General John Kelly, previously said the construction of the wall could be completed in under two years.

Reuters reported that federal officials are already seeking environmental waivers for some areas and has started to plan steel purchases for the project. The report reflects an expectation the funding would be authorized this spring and construction would begin by September.

This border wall, if built (at US taxpayer expense), will probably have a lot in common with the 600 miles of barriers along the southern border already built under the 2006 Secure Fence Act. This would be followed by 151 miles of barrier in Arizona and Texas, then 1,080 miles to seal off remaining sections of the border, which already has 654 miles of barriers.

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During his campaign, Trump also characterized Mexican migrants living in the U.S. as murderers and rapists and pledged to build a wall that he said Mexico would pay for. Considering that's past the halfway mark for 2017, it seems like - even if construction ran on time - the wall's construction could take longer than the duration of Trump's entire presidency. President Trump will most likely have to seize private land in order to actually build this wall.

A White House spokeswoman told Reuters it would be "premature" to comment on a report that has not officially been presented to the president. President also said that the money paid by U.S taxpayers will be reimbursed by Mexico, but Mexico has not complied with it. "They work. If it's done properly", the president said.

Trump, however, continues to express certainty about the wall, saying Wednesday: "I wasn't kidding".

Bernstein Research asserts that unforeseen expenses could easily balloon costs to as much as $25 billion.

  • Sidney Guerrero