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The war over Trump's border wall is officially beginning

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The war over Trump's border wall is officially beginning

Watch  | The war over Trump's proposed 2,000-mile wall on the U.S.-Mexico border -- projected to cost $25 billion -- has officially started.

The wall's still in play

In a Monday YouTube video  outlining his plan for his first 100 days in office, President-elect Donald Trump did not mention his famous promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

But we know plans to build it are still on the table -- thanks to Trump's prospective Cabinet member Kris Kobach, who accidentally revealed he plans a "rapid build" of the wall if he's chosen as head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). 

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In this Nov. 20, 2016, photo, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach holds a stack of papers as he prepares to meet with President-elect Donald Trump at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J. Kobach, a immigration adviser to rump and a possible candidate for a top government post, wants to make some changes at the Homeland Security Department, including reinstituting a registration system for certain immigrants. Kobach's "Department of Homeland Security Kobach Strategic Plan for First 365 Days" document was visible in a photograph from The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The apparent slip-up came during a photo-op with Trump this past weekend, when Kobach revealed a document titled "Department of Homeland Security" and "Kobach Strategic Plan for First 365 Days."

'Rapid build' of the wall

The visible text of the document indicated that, as DHS head, Kobach would recommend the Trump administration push for a “rapid build” of 1,989 miles of wall,  in addition to the 386 miles of existing wall. The DHS is in charge of immigration policy and border security.

The slip-up by Kobach -- who is known for his hardline stance on immigration  -- has already sparked outcry from some human rights groups.

We will create the public pressure ... to make these kinds of proposals untenable.
Naureen Shah

Groups amp up pressure

In an interview with the Daily Beast,  Amnesty International USA's Naureen Shah said her group would protest Kobach if he's selected as DHS head.

"We will create the public pressure and international community pressure to make these kinds of proposals untenable,” Shah said.

Lawmakers begin pushback

Some Democratic lawmakers are starting to strategize ways to fight back against the wall, too. In Illinois, for example, state Reps. Will Guzzardi, Jaime Andrade, and Lisa Hernandez recently proposed a bill  that would divest the state's pension funds from any companies that participate in building the wall.

"We don't believe that Illinois dollars should be used to help send a message of hate to immigrants in this country," Guzzardi said.

In other words, the bill would give the state a limited part in paying for the wall.

Protests continue, but builders are excited 

But even as protests continue to rage in different parts of the country against President-elect Trump and his border wall, others are looking forward to its construction -- particularly those companies that may take part in building the wall.

On Wednesday, Marketwatch reported  that shares of many construction-materials companies were at all-time highs amid expectations that Trump's presidency would reward potential wall-builders.


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