The Trump government has built less than 2 miles of new border barriers using the $ 1.57 billion Congress allocated to the project for the fiscal year ending September 30, according to a letter submitted to the federal court on Tuesday.
House of Representatives General Council Douglas Letter made that revelation to Judge Haywood Gillam, citing information that the government had provided to Congress at the end of April about his efforts.
& # 39; Based on that updated information, it seems that the Dutch DPA has now built 2.7 kilometers of fencing with financing for the fiscal year 2018, & # 39; wrote Letter.
President Donald Trump shot back on Twitter on Wednesday and defended what he said was & # 39; a complete demolition and reconstruction of old and worthless barriers with a brand new wall and foundations. & # 39;
& # 39; The problem is, the Haters say this is not a new wall, but rather a renovation. Wrong, and we have to build where it is most needed, & he added.
President Donald Trump played the defense on Wednesday after a Congress attorney told a federal judge that his government had made little progress in building a border wall, although he received $ 1.57 billion this year for it
On Tuesday, the General Counsel of the House of Representatives told a judge that US customs and border patrol & # 39; now 2.7 kilometers of fencing & # 39; has raised with the $ 1.57 billion it has received for the project in the fiscal year ending September 30.
The White House press, Sarah Sanders, insisted on TV on Wednesday that the administration would have built 500 miles on the wall by the end of the year and would be twice as far as the Democrats would help instead of pushing back
& # 39; An enormous amount of work is also being done on pure renovation – fixing existing walls that are in poor condition and ineffective, and bringing them to a very high standard! & # 39; Trump decided.
A US Customs and Border Protection spokesperson told DailyMail.com in March that no walls had been erected at all to protect parts of the southern border of America where barricades were not previously available.
& # 39; The first new wall project, where there is currently no barrier, is expected to start in April & # 39 ;, said CBP spokesman Roger Maier at the time. He identified Hidalgo County as the location of the construction project, a border area along a meandering 50-mile stretch of the Rio Grande.
CBP said last year that & # 39; designing and constructing about 25 miles of dike wall system & # 39; in that province, whose anchor is the border town of McAllen.
Maier did not immediately respond to a question on Wednesday whether the Hidalgo County project has continued.
CBP wrote in March, after DailyMail.com reported Maier's comments, that it had built 38 miles of the new border wall system in CA NM & TX, providing new opportunities by replacing inefficient infrastructure, such as barriers in Normandy that were alone designed to stop vehicles. no people on foot. & # 39;
Trump taunted the & # 39; haters & # 39; who pointed to a lack of action at the border and claimed that he should be recognized for & # 39; demolition and reconstruction & # 39; of ineffective border barriers
Trump said Monday evening during a demonstration in Pennsylvania that & # 39; the wall is currently being built & # 39 ;.
& # 39; By the end of next year we have nearly 500 kilometers of wall & # 39 ;, he boasted and invited a member of the audience to the stage, who was wearing a suit made of brick wall fabric.
White House Secretary General, Sarah Sanders, at the top of the ante on Wednesday morning, says the administration will hit that milestone by the end of 2019 and Letter & # 39; a wrong number & # 39; quoted.
& # 39; I know it has been there – there is more than 100 kilometers, I think it is almost 115 kilometers ready & # 39 ;, she said about & # 39; Fox & Friends. & # 39;
& # 39; We feel comfortable and confident that we are well on our way to have some 500 people ready by the end of the year & # 39 ;, Sanders insisted.
The letter of the letter does not address the possibility that the Trump administration has used money to build walls other than the congress that has been allocated this year.
The president sent billions of dollars back to the project through a national emergency statement, while at the same time claiming that the project has been going on for a long time.
Both houses of Congress voted to revoke that statement with a resolution that the president had refused in March.
Almost all of the documented border wall constructions that the Trump administration has used to date consisted of replacing some existing barriers and reinforcing others with secondary fences.
Customs and border protection says that the & # 39; expired & # 39; has replaced border barriers that consisted of such Norman-style barriers, as shown in April 2018 between Santa Teresa, New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
The administration has awarded contracts for only 244 miles of barriers to date, and more than half of the money needed to pay for those projects is earmarked from emergency declaration funds that have at least temporarily put lawsuits out of their reach.
Of those 244 miles of contract walls, 230 would be replacements of the barriers that existed when Trump became president in January 2017.
Judge Gillam is chairing two separate lawsuits to stop Trump from using emergency money to finance construction that Congress has refused to pay.
California and 19 other states brought a series. Claimants in the other are the Sierra Club and the American Civil Liberties Union.
In the past, Trump boasted that & # 39; he had already built large new sections & # 39; during his time in the White House.
But since Inauguration Day 2017, border barriers between the United States and Mexico have consisted almost exclusively of additions to existing walls and replacements for obsolete or demolished barriers.
Maier said in March that CBP & # 39; had built about 38 of the 40 miles of the wall instead of outdated designs & quot ;, using Congress appropriated for fiscal year 2017.
Those replacements are in San Diego and El Centro, California; Santa Teresa, New Mexico; and El Paso, Texas.
& # 39; This barrier replaced expired infrastructure, half of which was a vehicle barrier in Normandy, & # 39; he said.
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