“Trump is going to call it the wall, the Democrats are going to say, ‘hey we gave him $1.6 billion dollars (for) border security, it’s a fence, it’s whatever,” said Stevens.
The House passed a budget with the funding but the measure hasn’t been approved by the Senate. The reality of President Trump's border wall is just eight prototypes paid with money re-purposed from the existing department of homeland security budget.
“$1.6 billion that doesn’t build you a lot of wall. That’s like 60-70 miles of wall. It’s a 2,000 mile border. Even if the Democrats completely cave and give the president exactly what he wants, he’ll have enough wall for a photo op, but not the wall that people envisioned,” said Stevens.
Estimates of construction costs range from 12-billion-dollars to more than 21-billion-dollars.
No funding has been appropriated beyond the testing phase.