REVEALED: President Biden is spending more than $2 billion to halt border wall construction as thousands of migrants flood into the US every day
- President Joe Biden has spent around $2 billion in six months to suspend border wall construction, a new Republican congressional report found
- The report states the administration is spending $3 million every day on contractors hired to guard steel and concrete left lying around in the desert
- Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management states: ‘This waste of taxpayer resources threatens military readiness and national security’
- The halted construction has allowed migrants to slip through areas where the wall is not completed
- There are thousands of encounters at the border every day, Customs and Border Protection revealed 188,829 migrants were stopped at the border in June
Amid a continuing migration crisis at the southern border, the administration is pumping around $3 million every day into stopping building of the wall, according to the minority report for the Senate subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management under the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The costly per day amount is reportedly going to contractors to guard all the materials – like steel and concrete – that are lying around in the desert for the project.
‘This waste of taxpayer resources threatens military readiness and national security,’ the report states.
President Joe Biden has spent around $2 billion in six months to suspend border wall construction, a new Republican congressional report found
The report states the administration is spending $3 million every day to contract out people to guard wall materials, like steel and concrete, that have been left lying around in the desert
The halted construction has allowed migrants to slip through areas where the wall is not completed. Here a family from Colombia walk through a gap in the border wall in Yuma, Arizona on May 13, 2021
On Day One, Biden vowed he would stop building more of former President Donald Trump’s famed border wall, despite appropriations already being sent to the Department of Defense for the project.
Since he took office on January 20, 2021, Biden’s suspension efforts have ‘cost taxpayers between $1.837 billion to $2.087 billion,’ according to the report by Ranking Member James Lankford.
While this effort to guard materials is ongoing, thousands of migrants are crossing illegally over the U.S.-Mexico border every day as the Biden administration experiences one of the most prolific immigration crises in recent memory.
Customs and Border Protection has encountered more than 1.1 million migrants along the Southwest border in Fiscal Year 2021, with the vast majority of those incidents happening after Biden took office and promised asylum in the U.S. to all those seeking it.
This year’s encounters are at a 20-year high.
In 2020 and in the final months of Trump’s administration, the migrant encounter numbers stood between 17,000 in April 2020 and reached up into the 70,000’s just before Biden became president.
In June, CBP said it encountered 188,829 migrants at the southern border with Mexico, and there is no indication that number is expected to decrease in the coming months.
If the trajectory continues, Biden will have seen 1 million encounters under his presidency alone by the end of August at the latest.
The Border Management subcommittee minority says the decision to stop construction ‘raises significant concerns about the Biden Administration’s immigration agenda and requires both Congressional oversight and legislative action.’
The migration crisis is prevailing at the southern border, with thousands of run-ins with Border Patrol every day
Customs and Border Protection revealed that 188,829 migrants were stopped at the southwest border in June, a 20-year high
At the conclusion of Trump’s four years, $10 billion has been transferred to the Pentagon accounts for continued border wall construction – and other border security projects.
But roughly 20 per cent of those funds, according to the report, have instead been used by Biden to terminate the construction and end some border wall contracts and instead hire others to guard the resources left lying around.
Trump constructed approximately 450 miles of wall during his time in office, whether it was new wall or replacement in areas where the barrier was deemed inadequate. There were either plans or already underway construction on 300 miles more to be added to the wall before Biden brought that to a screeching halt.