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One certainty of Trump's Mexico wall: big money

Earlier, ballooning costs and technical hitches prevented construction of the wall; in a twist now, the US may ultimately wind up paying Mexican people and firms to build it

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An artist painting a part of a section of the wall separating Mexico and the United States in Tijuana, Mexico last week. Mr Trump's plans for the wall across the Mexican border come at a time when a construction boom across much of the United States has created a significant shortage of legal labour to build a wall, according to construction executives and others in Texas.

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IT was the border wall that didn't get built.

In 2006, Boeing and a team of other companies won a federal contract to construct a wall to protect the US border with Mexico, which stretches roughly 3,200km, from California to Texas.

Five years and about US$1 billion

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