Donald Trump's plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border was undeniably one of his most notable promises while running for president. Now that he has officially signed an executive order to begin the construction process, many Americans have a lot of questions about the undertaking, and some of the answers to those questions have just come to light.
Reuters got a peak at an internal report from the US Department of Homeland Security, and it revealed some interesting predicted statistics on the project. Below, we break down the stats on the construction and offer some perspective on what those numbers really mean. Spoiler alert: it's going to cost a lot more than the $8 billion Trump anticipated during the election.
- The wall would cost an estimated $21.6 billion. That's 80 times as much as the reported $250 million Beyoncé's Formation World Tour grossed.
- The wall would take three and a half years to build. Yeah, you could watch Fifty Shades Darker a little more than 15,000 times in the time it's estimated is needed to build the wall. That's a whole lot of Mr. Grey.
- The wall would extend slightly more than 1,250 miles along the border. To put that in perspective? That's just a few miles short of the length of the drive between Denver, CO, and Detroit, MI.
Although these details have not been confirmed in a formal statement by the White House, Reuters predicted that an announcement will be made in the coming days. In the meantime, we sure as heck know Mexico isn't planning to pay for the undertaking anytime soon.