Donald Trump Has Secured Funding For Over Half Of Border Wall Already
The Trump administration has secured funding for nearly 445 miles OF WALL
Presdient Donald Trump has already secured funding of one hundred eleven miles of new or replacement wall, which is either in progress or already under construction, according to an administration official.
The Trump administration has secured funding for nearly 445 miles of the total 722-mile goal, according to Daily Caller analysis reported.
The funding will only be valid if the national emergency and executive action funding are sustained in court challenges.
But the figure only constitutes an 18-foot bollard wall fencing or 32-foot levee wall fencing, the administration official emphasized.
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The accounting for Trump's wall started in the in Fiscal Year 2017 in which $341 million was committed for replacement wall in California, Texas, and New Mexico.
$1.375 billion was then allocated in 2018 to construct up to 82 miles of new or replacement border wall.
Approximately 74 miles of new or replacement wall was constructed or is in development with the funding, the administration official noted.
The wall was constructed or replaced in the Rio Grande Valley area on the border in South Texas and other places.
According to the Daily Caller: Fiscal Year 2019 saw a major fight between Trump and Congress over border wall funding, with the administration commanding $5.7 billion and Democrats allowing up no more than $1.375 billion, not to be used for a wall.
Democrats' Refusal to Fund Border Wall Cost Taxpayers $40 Billion So Far | Neon Nettle # nobody wants those drugs and traffickers flowing as bad as Nancy and Schumer https://t.co/rhsGcEzTaP— 🇺🇸Deplorable M’la (@heifer109) January 29, 2019
Ultimately, after an almost 35-day partial government shutdown and three weeks of negotiation, Trump accepted $1.375 billion in congressionally appropriated funding and declared a national emergency at the southern border.
Trump’s national emergency declaration and other executive action allowed him to tap $600 million from the Treasury asset forfeiture fund, $2.5 billion of drug enforcement money, and $3.6 billion under his authority as commander in chief.
The national emergency declaration was quickly challenged in court by 16 states, organized by the State of California and filed in the Federal District Court in San Francisco, which appeals to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Yesterday, the CEO of a large building company in North Dakota offered Trump the construction 234 miles of the border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border for just $1.4 billion.
Tommy Fisher, the CEO and President of Fisher Sand and Gravel Company, said his construction would be 80 percent less expensive than the proposed cost for the government's wall.