One of the first things that Joe Biden did when he took office was to stop the building of President Donald Trump’s border wall and change Trump policies in regard to the border.
Not only has Joe’s approach been an abject failure, with the flood of illegal aliens coming in record numbers, stopping the wall has had a big cost, as well.
Trump built 450 miles of wall, but now, Biden is actually paying a ton of money out to not build the wall — to suspend the construction projects for the wall — even as migrants pour in.
The report by the minority staff of the Government Operations and Border Management Subcommittee of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee found that efforts to suspend or terminate wall construction projects at the Defense Department have cost between $1.8 billion to $2 billion and the administration is spending $3 million every day.
“These interim findings show that the Biden administration’s efforts to stop border wall construction constitute significant waste of taxpayer resources,” the report says. “As of the drafting of this report the Biden administration has paid border wall contractors at least $2 billion and counting to not build the border wall.”
“This $2 billion comes directly from DOD’s budget, and the Biden administration’s continued waste of these funds poses risks to national security and border security,” it says.
Initially, it was actually $6 million a day, but they reduced that by laying off people. Now the money is being spent basically to have the contractors “drive out to project sites and guard the unused pallets of steel and other construction materials,” according to the report. The report also indicates this number may be significantly undercounting and they may actually be spending much more of the taxpayers’ money in this ridiculous effort.
Imagine the insanity of America under Biden. He refuses to actually do his job, stops what was being done, and now is even paying a ton to keep it halted while people stream in. If you told someone an American leader would do such a thing a few years ago, no one would believe you. This is how far over the edge Democrats and Biden have taken us.
Oh, and by the way, you really don’t have a right to know any of this. Pentagon spokesman Chris Mitchell told Fox News that they wouldn’t be commenting on all this. We “will not comment publicly on matters that are in active litigation or settlement discussions,” he said.
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., the lead Republican on the subcommittee, slammed the Biden administration over the findings.
“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,” he said 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. For years I have called out federal waste, but the Biden Administration is literally ‘going for broke’ with this nonsense.” [….]
“Our border patrol agents are doing their best to secure our border, but they need additional barriers, roads, and technology to help keep us safe,” Lankford said. “Instead, President Biden is paying professional construction contractors to babysit metal to the tune of $2 billion and counting, while at the same time we’ve seen a 20-year high number of migrants crossing our open border.”
To top all that off, DHS has also announced they will be canceling 30 miles of construction which had been planned in the Laredo sector in Texas.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is trying to get the rest of the wall done himself, as we previously reported, given the failures of the federal government.
But it would be hard to imagine someone who has done more damage than Joe Biden in such a short period of time.