President Donald Trump is expected to make an investment in wall infrastructure in 2019, according to a new report from Axios.
Axios’ report claims that the President is considering the construction of a wall along the southern border with Mexico, in addition to other border security measures.
Trump has called for the wall to be constructed in stages, starting with the border city of Brownsville, Texas.
The report states that the wall will cost between $2.3 billion and $2 trillion, with a minimum of $400 million spent per mile.
Trump’s stated goal is to create a wall of at least 50 feet in length, and a 50-foot high, 60-foot wide wall, according the report.
Axiom, a Texas-based analytics firm, predicts that the first phase of the wall could cost as much as $1 billion, but the cost could go up as construction proceeds.
A spokesperson for the White House told Axios that the cost of the border wall will be part of the President’s budget, and the President will determine the cost, location, and timing of the construction.
Axion reported that Trump’s proposed $4.5 billion wall is not the first proposal for a border wall, and there have been proposals to build a border fence as far back as 2005.
“Trump has repeatedly touted his desire to build the border barrier, but as with the Mexico wall, it’s unclear how far along he is in the construction process,” Axiom said in a statement.
“The border is currently the fastest-growing international crime hotspot, and has become an important source of trade for the United States.”