26 January 2017
Easier said than done
So you wanna build a wall? 1900 miles long and several metres high?
Well, you can't just go and slap a few bricks on top of one another. Your kind of wall requires planning. It needs to be properly designed and engineered. It also needs to take account of local soil, rock and climatic conditions. So you are going to have to undertake a considerable amount of surveying before you start. You will need to appoint consulting engineers and architects (probably by a process of competitive tendering - as you are the Federal US government).
You will also need to consult the state authorities of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California to ensure that your plans are compatible with local regulation and planning laws. And you will need to acquire - or at least lease - the land next to the border from whoever owns it - you may not build a wall on someone else's property.
A contract to build such a wall would be massive - too big for any single contractor. So you need to consider how to divide up the contract into manageable chunks. Then again, you will need to put the contracts out to competitive tender. And the winning contractors will need to gather their resources - labour, equipment and machinery, concrete - and move it to the areas concerned.
At each stage of the above proceedings, you will have to consult the Big Man in the White House. You know what a fusspot he can be about all the details.
And all this before the first concrete is poured. I reckon that, if you are lucky, you might be in a position to start work in 2019. Maybe ...