Southern Border Wall: Soaring Cost Estimates and Lack of Planning Raise Fundamental Questions About Administration's Key Domestic Priority

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At the request of Ranking Member Claire McCaskill, the Minority Staff of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs issued a report regarding the Trump administration and the Department of Homeland Security's plan to construct a border wall. Key findings include that there is no reliable cost estimate on border wall construction but current extrapolated estimates amount to $70 billion, that maintenance costs may total $150 million/year, that no reliable cost estimate of anticipated land acquisition on the border exists, and that litigation to acquire the land may take more than a decade.
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