Building Trump’s Wall | The B1M

Building Trump’s Wall | The B1M

If elected President of the United States,
Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the country’s southern border with Mexico. So
is it actually possible to build a wall like that and what would it mean for the construction
industry? We take a look. The US international border with Mexico stretches
1,989 miles from the Pacific across to the Gulf of Mexico. Fencing of the border began
back in 1990 but was expedited after 9/11 with the passing of the 2006 Secure Fence
Act. Since then, more than USD $7BN have been spent on fencing along 653 miles of the boundary. That fencing varies between different parts
of the border. In easy-to-access urban areas a 5.4m high steel barrier is used, whilst
lower key “vehicle fencing” has been installed in more remote portions that are considered
to be low-risk. Vast stretches of the border are formed of
natural barriers – such as the Rio Grande River – and much of it passes through remote
terrain – the deserts of Arizona and the mountain ranges of New Mexico. In the dunes
in Southern California, a “floating fence” had to be built to allow for the natural movements
of the sand. In the primaries, Donald Trump stated that
he wanted to build a 2,000 mile wall, but that has since been reduced to 1,000 miles
in recognition of the natural barriers that exist. While the proposed wall has got shorter,
it grew in height over the course of a Twitter argument and is now somewhere between 10 and
12 meters tall. Trump believes the wall will cost USD $8BN
but we’ll come back to estimates a little bit later on. He plans to make Mexico pay for the wall by
blocking the flow of payments from Mexican Nationals working in the US back to Mexico.
That equates to about USD $24BN each year. That cut off will, on Trump’s logic, force
Mexico into making a relatively small financial contribution to the wall, in order to release
the much larger payments from their Nationals. So what would Donald Trump’s wall actually
look like? Well a team at Alliance Bernstein did some excellent research on this. They assumed a wall length of 1000 miles,
a height of 12 meters (with an additional two meters of wall below ground to deter basic
tunnelling) and a thickness of 250mm. They also assumed that a 1.5 meter wide, 300mm
deep concrete strip footing would be required along the entire 1,000 mile length. Of the many materials available, several structural
engineers have agreed that pre-cast concrete is preferable, particularly given the high
temperatures along the border that would preclude the use of a poured in-situ concrete solution. Based on these parameters, the wall would
require 7.1 million m3 of concrete and 2.4 million tonnes of cement, assuming a standard
content. But the wall would not look the same along
its length. Bespoke engineering may be needed to deal with specific geographic features
and allowances must be made for flooding as the border crosses numerous floodplains. The construction complexities don’t end
there. The formation of a more substantial barrier than exists at present would require
access roads to be built – which isn’t simple on a mountain range or in a remote
desert. The border also passes through Indian Territory, wildlife reserves and private ranches
whose owners would have to agree to sell their land to the federal government. Delays, surging costs and disputes with private
land owners were all encountered during construction work of the relatively modest existing fencing. At this stage putting a figure on a project
like this is not easy. The consensus among experts is that to construct the sort of thing
that the Alliance Bernstein have assumed would cost at least USD $15BN and even as much as
USD $25BN. Whilst those figures may sound enormous, you
need to keep in mind that the current US federal budget is just under USD $4TN. Back in 2009, the US Government Accountability
Office (GAO) said that the basic costs of building a mile of fencing averaged between
USD $2.8M and $3.9M in the easy-to-access metropolitan areas. This rose as high as USD
$16M per mile in desert or mountain regions. You then need to factor-in the costs of design,
land acquisitions, environmental impact statements, transporting materials, labour, site setups
and accommodation. Once built, the costs of ongoing guarding and maintenance also need
to be considered. The progression of such a project would be
big for the construction industry. Some of the largest value schemes on site at present
include the USD $20BN Crossrail scheme in London, the USD $5.25BN expansion of Panama
Canal and the USD $11BN Jubail Industrial City Two in Saudi Arabia – so Donald Trump’s
wall would be right up there. If he were elected and if proposals passed
Congress, planning and design work for the wall could start coming into the industry
in 2017, with construction works perhaps commencing the year afterwards. Experts believe the wall could create as many as
100,000 jobs and given the financial pressures of transporting pre-cast concrete and cement
over great distances, local manufacturers of those materials could stand to gain. Alliance
Bernstein calculated that the wall could add 1.1% to US cement demand in both 2018 and
2019, which would be huge for an industry that currently grows by 4-5% each year. Of course, if Mexico were begrudgingly paying
for the wall they would be unlikely to use US suppliers and that is perhaps vice versa
for the United States. We will leave debate about the rights and
wrongs of building a border wall to others. But we hope this has helped to put a bit more substance behind a key US Election issue. Get more from the definitive video resource
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Comments (100)

  1. You did well to explain, it will be a large sacrifice but build that wall!

  2. The U.S. will pay for it all – FIN

  3. Stop dreaming. it will never happen

  4. Great Trump Wall will create a lot f employment.

  5. great video awesome facts clear audio wonderful editing

  6. give wall money to homeless population

  7. how long is it gonna take to build? more than 4 years

  8. don't built wall,just get out of Nafta,,,,,,we don't need limes & avocados, ,,,,lol

  9. Thank you for your video. Always like non-bias information.

  10. Thanks for being unbiased on the thing.

  11. Very interesting.

  12. Calm Voice, Both Positive and Negative sides, I like this guy.

  13. Love this Info! There's an awesome video out showing how Beautiful one design is! was just watching it

  14. #BuildTheWall #BanIslam #MAGA #TrumpTrain #POTUS #HillaryForPrison #LockHerUp #ObamaForPrison #DeportObama

  15. And yet, you ignore the main fact. A borderless nation isn't a nation.

  16. they should make that wall out of every metal on earth and make it 50 meter tall

  17. Impressive project ! would create loads of short term jobs … But don't most illegal emmigrants arrive by boat or plane ??

  18. China built a wall 1000 years ago with brick and mortar

  19. get er done dammit.

  20. there is no point of building a wall they could use a ladder or just swim across in a boat… idiots

  21. I am so glad that we are finally enforcing 'our laws', and because it is 'our country', we have every right apply them.

  22. So many stupid Americans in the comments.

  23. u got 1 thing wrong (this is Americans walls, not Trump's wall) if it wasn't for Dems wanting Mexican votes to vote Democratic to taint the vote one-sided for a bad reason the idea has been deonized. liberals had 8yrs. now it's the rights turn

  24. Meanwhile our bridges and dams are failing, freeways and airports congested, city water supplies are not safe to drink, etc etc. Most illegals fly in and over stay a visa, so the ROI for this $20 billion vanity project is slim at best. Put $10 bn into ICE and the other $10 bn into hunting American businesses & individuals that hire undocumented labor.

  25. Don’t worry anyone we will go into WW3 with china North Korea and Russia before this wall will ever get finished EMP here it comes

  26. Why are americans to stupid

  27. President trump if your listening I have a idea we should a moat like the Panama canal explosives are dirt cheap and sharks like to eat!!! it will pay for it self with the bridge tolls they will stop trying to come one's they see its certain death even for a athlete to attempt thank you President trump for having the guts to a dress this major problem

  28. Don't take my comments away!!!!! Now get rid of Janet naploitona!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. This fred milles is fine asf………👅💦

  30. You're doing what a great deal of the for-profit press are doing. Giving credibility to an idiotic idea simply for the sake of ratings. Thumbs down.

  31. As if it wasn't an absolutely ridiculous idea already, this goes further to show why it's a moronic idea from an utter cretin.

  32. what's wrong with putting Americans first and protecting our borders?

  33. This is a really good video. For once there is a video about trump that is unbiased and factual.

  34. I say let's build the wall, but make it with green super concretes using waste, taking the waste from landfills protecting the water. Please take a look at my video

  35. One small thing that all of you youngsters forget. The "Wall" portion is only going to be built where the terrain will permit it. There are several hundred miles where no wall could actually be built. Of the approximately 1900 miles only about 600 to 800 miles of continuous wall would be practical. Thumbs down to this presentation. Try some critical thinking before posting crap like this.

  36. Well let's just start building the very much needed wall and work the rest out as we go. 🙂

  37. well done president Donald Trump

  38. If he could swing it as a form of national defense then maybe he could build it by cutting (reallocating) about 5% of the US military budget, he already sent troops to guard the border so it's not a far reach, but he also wants to increase the military budget, so….

  39. The Mexicans are the true Americans..they are descendants from cristobal colon and hernan cortez….the discoverers of the continent come to mexico they spoke spanish..they are the true Americans..

  40. The wall is the first defense. Start arresting politicians for stealing U.S. taxpayers money to harbor fugitives. Then start prosecuting employers who who hire illegals. Americans are financing our own invasion.

  41. Trump is a mad stupid bloody mental person why he makes wall
    Because wall is taking so much spaces and he dividing many families relations etc and se san degio and tunjana that is bad for is
    One city divide by international
    Border I see is very bad trump not
    Giving support for Mexico and why
    Divide it because people's are have
    Little space I hat this partition

  42. Good vid, unbiased, very good

  43. What a sad state of affairs this idea of a wall ! wouldn't need a wall if there wasn't a reason to be here .
    A. Go after the businesses that provide employment to an alien work force .
    B. Gradually remove health care to illegal immigrants. Not just the hispanic population .
    C.put away devisive politics that hurt real people .
    D. Realize that we are all immigrants somewhere in our family tree . Have a little empathy for your fellow person.

  44. It should also contain guard towers with automatic and remote controlled turrets every few hundred meters.

  45. You guys usually do good videos, and this one is fine too, except you just talk about the cost of the wall itself. Nothing was said about the cost of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers (for things like crime, welfare, education, medical costs, etc.), which could be $70 Billion to $120 Billion per year according to studies. This wall could (would) quickly pay for itself, even if it costs in the tens of Billions.

  46. Haha, that wall will never happen. Trump, if not reelected, at this point in time, has less than a year and a half to go in office. If he's out, he would have been nothing more than a short annoying blip on the radar. Just two more months before a house takeover by the Dems and he'll get a piece of what Obama had to deal with for almost most of his term.

  47. The United States should use the money to upgrade its infrastructure rather than build this idiotic wall.

    A wise man builds bridges, a fool man builds walls.

  48. build that wall!
    then Canada can build a wall in the north, Europe in the east and Japan in the west.
    lets cage those warmongers in and then catapult mosquitoes and wasps inside!

  49. We should build a landfill on the border

  50. Mexico needs the U.S more than the U.S needs Mexico… dont let anyone tell you different

  51. How old this video is? Speaker said elected president. Would like to see new one .not past affairs .

  52. I like how you're not biased. Something 99% of America don't know how to do today

  53. If they really spent so much money on fencing, why is it still such an unpopular sport?

  54. Nuke Mexico if they don't pay – the tik er jrbs!!

  55. just build a radar system with drones that can blow any mexishit to the moon for crossing

  56. No, Immanent Domain Act can compel the land owners in question to either sell at a government considered fair market rate or the government can just take needed land to build a critical internal structure. FYI

  57. love the low key shade in this video: "Other countries are spending comparable infrastructure budgets on high speed underground rail systems, expanding global shipping lanes, and building entire industrial cities from scratch. But the US is thinking about building a wall in the desert."

  58. A great speaking voice! Makes the video that much better to watch! Thank you! I hate Robot voices!

  59. B1M doesn’t have enough subscribers! Sad!

  60. Hey you even got a racist ad from YouTube in pre roll 🤔

  61. A curtain will be much cheaper and just as ineffective 😁

  62. This wall is retarded. You can get more efficient by using Gamma ray towers that fry the skin of anyone who tries to enter the border.
    Yeah I'm a crazy Italian Inventor and 3d/CAD Designer of 22 years old.

  63. … Still not happening.

  64. 2019 and a government shutdown later..

  65. Trump: Blah blah blah “wall” complete two years 😂😂

  66. Destroy the tunnel. Fuck France

  67. I think the problem is in Trump's way of convincing people. He decided to use fear instead of facts. If Obama said a wall is necessary and, would provide benefits. Everyone would believe him.
    However, Trump take on this is that, "there are caravans approaching the wall". "It's chos over there", and even his method of building it isn't appropriate, also sounds childlike. Hense, even a person like Trump has good ideas but, if you can't present it properly. That idea is no different from an imagination.
    Now Trump is labeled as a liar and, he does tell a lot of lies but, because of that his idea might not prosper, at least the good ones won't. Character matters people and, even more as a President.

  68. Unbelievable!!! A non partisan video on the wall!!
    Thank you B1M

  69. Walls look like Sh*t AND "we" Can not stop the evolution of mankind. Unity is destiny.


    It would be much cheaper and more effective to just hire 2,000 more border agents.

  71. Saw a joke somewhere that said what if Mexico decide to build stairs on their side of the wall.😄

  72. Why is Trump’s base demanding that Trump keep his promise to build a wall when he won’t keep his promise to make Mexico pay for it? You can’t expect Trump to keep one promise without keeping the other, it makes no sense. Trump is a bullshiter, and his base are fools to believe anything he says.

  73. The wall needs to be built. Illegal immigration is reaching a crisis point in the US. Literally thousands of people a week are apprehended trying to sneak in, many with criminal records. The US has a drug crisis that kills many citizens, and they are all coming from Mexico.

  74. Democrats are obstructionists, plain and simple. They are all on record being in support of enhanced border security and even a wall in the past, but now that Trump is president they hate the idea. Anything to stop him from having a political victory.. Also, they are are relying on Hispanics for a steady supply of future voters. They want to keep them coming in and breeding. Democrats are evil. Everything they do is a calculated move to gain power, nothing else.

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  76. I love all these videos by the B1M. My only complaint is that I wish they were 2-3 hours in length.

  77. Three years later and he shut down the government as a tantrum.
    Oh, and by the way, the US will pay for the wall. You're liared

  78. The ironic thing about this fence if it goes ahead is it would probably be built by Mexican workers because they're cheaper to employ than American workers.

  79. 1.989miles=3200.98522 klicks
    Which is impossible to build . I think Trump is kinda crazy

  80. Thumbs up if you’re in 2019

  81. To build a border wall means you'll have more holes underground underground tunnels tunnels and you have drones flying dope cross the United States you'll have holes in the in the border wall which makes it impossible to keep them out it will come in one way or the other Chapel built a tunnel which was one mile deep and 5 miles across thank

  82. It's not Trumps wall it's America's wall.

  83. You need to build one across Canada. Their Primeminster has allowed more then 60 known ISIS terrorist back into the Country. Giving one terrorist whose sister helped plan the Twin Towers then gave him over 10 million Dollars. With an open border and 10 million in his pocket, it is only a matter of time.

  84. Still looks like it'd be more feasible and sensible to tear down the wall in front of Trump's face than to erect this absurdity…

  85. Build The Wall Mister Donald Trump !………Best regards from Pepe Trump !


  87. which wall was more money this one or the great wall of china

  88. Lol where is the wall now? Did Trump do anything he promised to his base? Just a question

  89. you know what …60 minutes…you've block coments on a lot of your seguies ..or ..internet..blogs…so theoretically..your sencering free speach….but thats not whaty i want to say…..first of all where and how did your cxompany …come to such …money makeing…busines…might of fact where did you aquirerer the money of free speach…and what companies sponcerered you…they all cme from america…and the americian people..of maybe…300..million people of america… not mexico…not russia…not iraland.. nor ..britto9n.. norr china… nor any other hnation..affrica..that sold the blacks from the blacks to …the so called white ….race..also the chinc's sol;d the ..chinc's to the world…and slavicks… sold ..the slvicks to the …workld trade market….of slaves mtheres not just on race thatsn not or not ever been persicuted…since the beginning ofd time……the automon society… has bee trying to concure the whites or rhe euriopeans for ever ,,,..the chineese..allsoo..and the affricanos…have been fighting each other for god knows how long…….lok… america …and canada…is ..onlpy what…..;300 odd years old but has built a saosiety that….other nations are jejous abut …even though they've been around for…over…a million years… longer than …america and…canada…….and do you know which natoions and countries that have sent their money and children to fi9ght of the …likes of these countries that enter into our country…of canada..and aqmerica…that when the well dry's up …these countries..of canada..and america…..send ..their people..and money..and…wepeons and soldiers…but due to the fact that….theres almosat ….10 billion…peoplew shitting and eating….and diswrespecting my eart….and know …guidenss on there be half…not canada…but this …organization called the united..nations or for that fact,,t…e.u……all i see is the game of risk…the battle game..of take over the world…….how is it that these nations called america …and canada…are,,only what….300 od years old… are being tar5geted….and being blind sided…cause of their ..generosity and ..advanced knowledge….being …forclosed on…..and spit on…cause they've been enituated as the police of the world…mercinaries……

    ok nowq lets take canada…35 millions…of people….how did the country ..get sold out…by their own goverment…for that fact…america….that all other nations …send and plant their seed of their blood line….with no respect to …the country that sent …their blood and money to their Aids…every time there was ba desaster…any whhere in the world since…the new ..tequknowlage…came in to play….the to take over the world as a nation….has never swtoped since addam and eve…not …adam and steve…nor eve and eve… cause if that werte to be the senario…then …adam and steve…couldn't reproduse….cause a person that sticks his dick and ejackulates in to the ass hole…only produces szhit…not life….nor if a female grinds her…tw3at against ..the othjer females twat…could never… produce another…stinky twat……..
    so stateing that…why the hell do you stupid humans allow the likes of these…degenerates to mhold …the sAy of teaching children….that if your born male with testicals…you can…be female..cause you say you are…what magicial wand do thesze fairies hold that …they can wave their…magical wand…in the air and poof your a fairy…..come on…parents are you going bonbnkers or whatt…..

    black lives matter white lives matter…yet none of about your own race …ok the white…more than the blacks…maybe by a smidjen…..but n..the likes of martin luter king faugt fdor your …rights… but i don't see the colour of your skin…that you so…muh as …sAZy is being persicuted….doingt what you shouldx be doing is…reeducating and training your own,,,colored children…to aspyer to better ness….you still have the slave atteude…the wrong tribale…into the new erer..of 2019…not1800 and les mentality…..hey if the japzs…and the arabs.. and the hindoos..and the whites…blah blah…can…advance..afther…the hell that they put others and the hell they put up ,on their own people …and seam to bounche back afther ,,,the shit and abusee…they come frome …iuin this or is that these countries…called america…and canada……which i've said over and over….been sold out by the goverment of canada and ,,..america….klean up you cesspool of a country… that …you stole from the natives…and …to whom… are selling out their own people just the way the …white man did to them…goes to show you…how blind sidedx…you can become when ..the flag called money…and…god syndrome…kicks in…with now respect …for the w3hloe.;……it reall don't matter….in mine own eyes..cause '''i'll be dead and gone in…2 years..thats for sure….blahj blah blah…..shut the country down and clean up your country america…before you send a single nickle..or a single …body…or a single peace of clo0thing… to any other nation… cause …none and say none other nation wheter european…affricano..southj amerficano…aisiano…arabicano….blah blah….and canada put back that …cross of christ back up on the wall of the senate….when in canada do as the has been doing…before these ..other nations…came her….strip of their …turbans..strip off their..musilam be;liefs….and ther …rules they try to demand us tro …drop…when they them selves came from those countries……ruyles ansd gegulations…………….only to bring them ..with them…those …that…our canadian souls and sweat and………..and…they never.. once..sent a red ou plieth…..mother fuckers…hiss said the snake..


  90. please go and donate if you feel led to. We want secure borders and anything you can do will help! Thank you and God bless.


  92. The United States of America's wall

  93. It’s America’s wall! And it has done a great job in San Diego California. Trump is our president and his no. 1 duty is to protect America from invasions. This wall belongs to America not Trump. When he leaves office in 2024, the wall stays for future generations.

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