REVEALED: President Biden spends more than $2 billion to halt border wall construction as thousands of migrants pour into US every day
- President Joe Biden has spent about $2 billion in six months to suspend construction of border walls, a new report from Republican Congress shows
- The report states that the government spends $3 million every day on contractors hired to guard steel and concrete lying around in the desert.
- Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management states: ‘This waste of taxpayers’ money threatens military preparedness and national security’
- The halted construction allowed migrants to slip through areas where the wall is unfinished
- There are thousands of encounters every day at the border, customs and border protection revealed that in June 188,829 migrants were stopped at the border
The Joe Biden administration has spent at least $2 billion suspending border wall construction, a new report by Republicans in a border subcommittee revealed.
Amid an ongoing migration crisis on the southern border, the government is pumping about $3 million each day to stop construction 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 precious amount per day is reportedly going to contractors to guard all materials — such as steel and concrete — lying around in the desert for the project.
“This waste of taxpayers’ money threatens military preparedness and national security,” the report said.
President Joe Biden has spent about $2 billion in six months to suspend construction of border walls, a new report from Republican Congress shows
The report states that the government spends $3 million every day outsourcing people to guard wall materials, such as steel and concrete, that have been left lying in the desert.
The halted construction allowed migrants to slip through areas where the wall has not been completed. Here, a Colombian family walks through a hole in the border wall in Yuma, Arizona, on May 13, 2021 2021
On day one, Biden vowed to stop building more of former President Donald Trump’s famous border wall, despite credits for the project having already been sent to the Department of Defense.
Since he took office on Jan. 20, 2021, Biden’s suspension efforts have “cost taxpayers between $1.837 billion and $2.087 billion,” according to the report by Ranking member James Lankford.
While this equipment-guarding effort is underway, thousands of migrants illegally cross the US-Mexico border every day as the Biden administration faces one of the most prolific immigration crises in recent history.
Customs and Border Protection met more than 1.1 million migrants along the southwestern border in fiscal 2021, with the vast majority of those incidents occurring after Biden took office and promised asylum in the US to anyone who sought it.
This year’s encounters are at the highest point in 20 years.
In 2020 and in the final months of the Trump administration, the number of migrant encounters reached between 17,000 in April 2020, reaching 70,000 just before Biden became president.
In June, the CBP said it encountered 188,829 migrants on the southern border with Mexico, and there is no indication that this number is expected to decline in the coming months.
If the trajectory continues, Biden will have seen 1 million meetings by the end of August alone under his presidency.
The Border Subcommittee’s minority say the decision to halt construction “raises major concerns about the Biden administration’s immigration agenda and requires both Congressional oversight and legislative action.”
The migration crisis rages on the southern border, with thousands of Border Patrol run-ins every day
Customs and Border Protection revealed 188,829 migrants were stopped at the southwestern border in June, a record in 20 years
At the end of Trump’s four years, $10 billion has been transferred to the Pentagon’s accounts to continue building border walls — and other border security projects.
But according to the report, about 20 percent of those funds have been used by Biden to end construction and terminate some border wall contracts and instead hire others to guard the assets lying around.
Trump built about 450 miles of wall during his tenure, whether it was a new wall or replacement in areas where the barrier was deemed insufficient. There were plans or already underway with the construction of another 300 miles to be added to the wall before Biden brought that to a halt.