Statement Regarding Border Wall Cost Estimate
At this time, any estimates of the total border wall cost are premature as there are many variables that are currently unknown. The budget request of $2.6 billion is to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection with the implementation of the entirety of the Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements. This budget request includes significantly more than just border wall as technology and hiring are also key requirements under the EO.
CBP is taking a measured approach based on the U.S. Border Patrol’s operational requirements and partnering with industry to determine potential border barrier solutions. However, until prototypes are completed and evaluated and design determinations are made, CBP cannot provide a more detailed estimate of the total cost of a border barrier system.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.