Biden spending over $2B to halt border wall construction amid migrant crisis


Not building a wall is almost as expensive as building one.

President Joe Biden is spending at least $3 million a day On contractors to “watch steel rust in the desert,” a Senate Republican has found — as he tries to stop former President Trump’s planned wall at the US-Mexico border, despite the ongoing crisis there.

“President Biden is paying professional construction contractors to babysit the metal for $2 billion and counting, while at the same time we have seen a 20-year high number of migrants crossing our open border,” Sen. James Lankford said (R., Okla.)

a report released this week GOP members of the Senate Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management found that at least 20 percent of the $10 billion the Pentagon received for border wall construction was instead spent guarding construction parties and terminating active contracts. has gone.

Republicans have criticized President Joe Biden's border policies for the increase in illegal immigrants arriving at the US-Mexico border.
Republicans have criticized President Joe Biden’s policies for increasing illegal immigrants arriving at the US-Mexico border.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has pledged to build a state-funded border wall in response to the arrival of more undocumented immigrants.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has pledged to build a state-funded border wall in response to the arrival of more undocumented immigrants.
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With the termination process taking up to 18 months to complete, the report found that costs would continue to rise.

“The waste of taxpayer resources threatens military preparedness and national security,” the report concluded.

Republicans and others have blamed Biden’s lax entry policies, as well as a lack of border barriers, for the increase in illegal immigration in recent months.

A US Customs and Border Control agent patrols through a razor-wire covered border wall in Nogales, Arizona on March 2, 2019.
A US Customs and Border Control agent patrols through a razor-wire covered border wall in Nogales, Arizona on March 2, 2019.
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A portion of the border wall is abandoned in Sunland Park, New Mexico on January 22, 2021.
A portion of the border wall is abandoned in Sunland Park, New Mexico on January 22, 2021.
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Trump built 453 miles of new and replacement wall during his term in office, with about 300 additional miles planned or under construction.

The federal government in June counted nearly 190,000 people trying to cross the Southwest border illegally into the United States, a 5 percent increase from May — a month after U.S. Customs and Keep border security on track.

In no calendar year have there been so many fears since 2006 – when the milestone was reached in December.

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