Reports: Mexican Cement Firm Wants to Build Trump’s Wall
A Mexican cement company is offering up its services to aid President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to build a wall that spans the U.S.-Mexico border.
The firm, Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, is one of the largest in Mexico. About 70 percent of their sales comes from the United States, where the firm has three plants.
One of Trump’s primary campaign promises was to build a 2,000-mile-long, “big, beautiful wall” to keep out undocumented immigrants from entering the United States.
“We can’t be choosy,” GCC Chief Executive Officer Enrique Escalante told Reuters. “We’re an important producer in that area and we have to respect our clients on both sides of the border.” His firm would benefit from the president’s plan to invest in energy and infrastructure.
“For the business we’re in, Trump is a candidate that does favor the industry quite a bit,” Escalante noted.
Portions of the U.S.-Mexico border are currently divided by high fences—with a huge boundary running alongside the Rio Grande river.
The wall along the border would have to be 2,000 miles in length, the Government Accountability Office has projected.
Estimates have been between $15 billion to $25 billion, said Marc Rosenblum, the deputy director of the US Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute told NBC last year.
“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively,” said Trump in announcing his presidential candidacy in June 2015. “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall.”