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Georgia companies signal interest in building Donald Trump's border wall

Five Georgia companies are among more than 200 nationwide that have signaled interest in helping build President Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise: A “great, great wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Located in the Atlanta and Augusta areas, the Georgia businesses include construction companies, an engineering firm, a building industry recruiter and a defense contractor. All have added their names to an online federal list of vendors interested in competing to design a prototype for a concrete border wall. Proposals were due yesterday.

Trump says the wall will help curb illegal immigration and boost national security.

Estimates for extending the existing barriers along the southwest border — there are already about 700 miles of various walls, fences and other barriers there — range as high as $21.6 billion. Critics call the proposal a divisive and colossal waste of money, noting that a large share of those who are here without authorization did not sneak across the 2,000-mile border but instead came here legally and then overstayed their visas.

Read more about the Georgia businesses that signaled they're interested in helping build a mock-up for the wall here.

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Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia.