"Spending billions of taxpayer dollars to wall off the remainder of the border is an exorbitantly expensive and an ineffective substitute for a smart, layered approach to border security", said Sen.
A San Diego state legislator and two other Assembly members Monday introduced a bill that would require California's pension funds to divest from companies involved in building the border wall championed by President Donald Trump.
The north side of the wall, which will face the U.S., "shall be aesthetically pleasing in colour, anti-climb texture, etc., to be consistent with general surrounding environment".
The agency issued RFPs for a solid concrete border wall as well as other designs and noted that the wall should be 30 feet tall but heights of at least 18 feet could be accepted, CNN reported Saturday. The government is asking for a 9-meter-high concrete barrier, extending 2 meters underground, built to be "physically imposing" and capable of resisting nearly any attack, "by sledgehammer, auto jack, pickaxe, chisel, battery-operated impact tools, battery-operated cutting tools [or] oxy/acetylene torch".
Among the requirements is that the wall be "aesthetically pleasing in color" and blend into or match the surrounding landscape on the United States side.
A steel wall separates Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, from a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Nogales, Arizona. It has to be 30 feet high.
This is a first step for President Trump to bring about his campaign promise to build a "big, lovely wall" between the United States and Mexico, according to a report by CNBC.
The agency is seeking bids from designers and builders who are prepared to erect prototypes of their wall plans of a reduced size and total area of about 10 square meters each, which would be used to make a final decision later this year about how the wall would be built and by whom. Trump's recent budget proposal requested $1 billion to begin the process.
Garcia said, "It is counterproductive to invest in projects that will not serve the best interest of all Californians". The expert pointed to federal requirements that contractors set aside substantial amounts of money as a guarantee that the project is completed satisfactorily.
"I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall".