Biden Admin Spending $3M a Day in Taxpayers Money to Stop Border Wall Construction
The halt was only supposed to last 60 days but has since lasted over 180 days
Taxpayers are footing the bill for Democrat Joe Biden's attempts at suspending or stopping the border wall construction.
According to a new report, the Biden administration is plowing $3 million a day, an estimated $1.8 billion so far, into stopping the border wall construction.
Biden ordered his administration to halt construction on the day he was sworn in.
The halt was only supposed to last 60 days but has since lasted over 180 days.
The Biden admin has not given any signal about when the results of the review will be known or whether construction will resume.
Republicans recently found that suspension initially cost $6 million a day, which was later reduced to $3 million a day following layoffs of the Department of Defense contractors.
They cited records from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, including estimates provided by the Pentagon in court filings.
“The Biden Administration is paying contractors at least $3 million per day to guard steel, concrete, and other materials in the desert. At the same time, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has encountered over 1.1 million migrants along the Southwest border this fiscal year—a 20 year high. "
"This policy decision raises significant concerns about the Biden Administration’s immigration agenda and requires both Congressional oversight and legislative action,” the senators wrote in the newly released interim report.
Since Biden took office, the number of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border has skyrocketed after Trump-era immigration policies were reversed.
“It is absolutely absurd that Americans are paying contractors to guard metal gates that President Biden refuses to install because he wants to ‘study’ the wall,” said Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), ranking member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, in a statement.
“Stubbornly refusing to spend money approved for the wall is not ‘executing’ the law."
"It’s ignoring the law and ignoring the very real national security concerns posed by illegal entry across our very open southern border.”
Senators estimated Biden has spent between $618 and $708 million to the contractors between Jan. 20 and July 15 and will spend up $1.2 billion more to exit the border wall projects.
Trump prioritized border wall construction, building 453 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, and 211 miles of fencing were under construction as of Jan. 8.
$16.4 billion for border wall construction and maintenance were allocated by Trump, with $10 billion coming from the Pentagon.