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Licensed Engineer Explains Why Donald Trump’s Border Wall Is A Disaster Waiting To Happen

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Donald Trump captured the imagination of many American voters with a single campaign promise: “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border.” He was often criticized for lacking precision in policy ideas, but he had bold and detailed requirements for his wall.

Now, a structural and civil engineer explained in a viral Facebook post why this idea is a ”monumental waste of money.” Amy Patrick, a real-life wall expert, also shared that the wall is a disaster waiting to happen.

She wrote:

“Structurally and civil engineering-wise, the border wall is not a feasible project. Trump did not hire engineers to design the thing. He solicited bids from contractors, not engineers. This means it’s not been designed by professionals. It’s a disaster of numerous types waiting to happen.”

Trump has demanded Congress hand over more than $5 billion to fund the unpopular wall and even sought $25 billion for it at one point.

Patrick noted that if the pricey project, that she estimated could cost “higher than $50 billion,” will push through, it won’t even finish even after the President’s term or even his life. She said that the wall is set to have multiple complications such as, “rework, complexities beyond the prototype design, factors to prevent flood and environmental hazard creation, engineering redesign.”

She noted:

“I’m a structural forensicist, which means I’m called in when things go wrong. This is a project that WILL go wrong.”

She further argues that the wall “won’t be effective” and just a waste of money.  Patrick also said that the idea was “ridiculous” and will “never be successfully executed.”

She shared:

“Let’s have border security, by all means, but let’s be smart about it. This is not smart. It’s not effective. It’s NOT cheap. The returns will be diminishing as technology advances, too. “

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