Nearly 90 percent of Trump’s border wall is complete when CBP tournaments end before Biden takes office


President Donald Trump has put immigration control at the heart of the White House’s 2016 campaign, promising to build a “big, beautiful wall” to prevent illegal crossings along the U.S. southern border.

As President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Customs and Border Protection have begun to compete for the president’s promise to have a 450-mile border wall before the end of 2020.

By November 16, 402 miles had been completed, according to CBP.

In late October, CBP celebrated reaching the 400-mile new wall milestone and noted that about 10 miles of new wall is being built each week.

“The border wall system is Exhibit A, which shows that the Trump administration is serious about border security,” said Mark Morgan, CBP’s commissioned commissioner.

“This wall saves American lives. Every single piece of concrete and steel that gets into the ground prevents dangerous people and deadly drugs from entering the country.”

However, while only 25 miles of the 402 miles so far had no obstacle to Trump taking office, the others replaced the dilapidated wall sections or parts that had only vehicle barriers. The New York Times reported over the weekend.

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President Donald Trump S attends a ceremony to commemorate the 200th mile of the border wall at Mexico’s international border in San Luis, Arizona, on June 23, 2020.
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Although Biden said he would stop new construction on the border wall, The times reported that immigration issues such as lifting travel bans and easing asylum restrictions are at the forefront of the incoming commander-in-chief, rather than breaking down Trump’s signature project.

Some advisers to Biden’s transition group denied the newspaper that they were trying to tear down the existing wall.

Based on The times, this month the most expensive construction will take place in Guadalupe Canyon, an area home to a rare bird species that local livestock farmers say is so remote that illegal crossings were extremely rare.

Jay Field, a spokesman for the Army Engineering Board, told the newspaper that the cost of the wall section in the “challenging” terrain of the canyon was about $ 41 million per mile.

That amount is more than double the average cost per mile of the wall, detailed in a CBP report released earlier this year.

Meanwhile, engineering reports say the recently built three-mile border wall along the Rio Grande coast in Texas is already in danger of collapsing.

Vicki Gaubeca, director of the Coalition of Southern Border Communities, says the border wall is “a huge waste of taxpayers’ dollars.”

“Trump’s vain wall was a huge waste of taxpayer dollars, severely damaging our environment and putting endangered species at greater risk of extinction, forcing more people to cross dangerous, remote areas of our border crossings, and thus a greater risk of death,” he tweeted. At the beginning of the month.