Well, here’s some good news:
DC REVIEW – President Trump has fulfilled a promise to install 450 miles of border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of 2020, the country’s top border official said.
Construction workers built the 450th mile of the fence in the last days of December, Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said in a private conversation with several reporters on Tuesday morning.
“Myself and the deputy commissioner, the heads here, heard about it. On December 31, we were informed that we had indeed achieved the goal and achieved what we set out to do,” said Morgan.
“I remember every time I said with confidence that I had no hesitation in achieving this goal by December 31,” said Morgan. “We wanted to use 450 miles of steel and concrete on December 31, along with all of the essential features of the wall system. We were challenged and a lot of people didn’t think we would be able to. … That is a remarkable achievement. “
The construction represents a partial fulfillment of Trump’s election promises. Trump, as a candidate, promised to build a 1,000-mile wall along the nearly 2,000-mile border that extends from the Pacific coast in California to the Gulf of Mexico in Texas. He also said he could do it for $ 4 billion. To date, 738 miles of border wall has been funded for $ 15 billion. 450 miles of the 738 were completed.
How much is new and how much is replacement?
More than 340 miles of the total of 450 newly installed miles are in place of older fences, while 40 miles are brand new in previously unsecured areas. The remaining 50 miles or more are secondary fences or double barriers that are erected behind the main fence.
Completion is noteworthy as slow progress has been made in the first three years of the Trump administration and indicates an increase over the past 12 months. The Trump administration had built 100 miles of completed wall by January 2020.
It’s certainly not all we need, but I’m glad we got so much. I had hoped for a lot more wall for over four years, but it took forever to get the building up and running with all the lawsuits and idiots in the administration’s stone wall. Also, I don’t complain about replacement walls for new walls like some do. Everything had to be renewed.
Aside from a miracle, this is probably all that will be built.