How much fencing to secure that border would that $1.3 billion buy??
RE: How much fencing to secure that border would that $1.3 billion buy??
IT WILL HELP, BUT WON’T BE ENOUGH.
Customs and Border Protection spent $2.4 billion between 2006 and 2009 to complete 670 miles of border fence, and the vast majority of that was single-layer one line of fencing designed to keep either pedestrians or vehicles from crossing into the United States, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
The new plan calls for a double-layer fence two parallel barriers on either side of a corridor manned by Border Patrol that would require more land acquisition, more supplies and more labor to build.
There is no firm cost for the fence outlined in the “border surge” agreement announced Thursday, and the price of previous fence construction has varied wildly.
A 2009 analysis by the GAO found that the cost of pedestrian fencing ranged between $400,000 and $15 million per mile with an average of $3.9 million a mile. The price of less expensive vehicle fencing ran anywhere from $200,000 to $1.8 million a mile, for an average of $1 million a mile.
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