The Biden administration is wasting billions of dollars by not finishing Trump's border wall, according to a report from the the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management.
Sen. James Lankford, R-OK, has been the most vocal critic, saying not only are we under contract to pay for the wall we're not getting, but those construction firms are now incurring their own costs while on 'stand by.'
“They're literally filing suit against the federal government saying we're being told to stand by, we're incurring all these costs, but we're not doing anything except for gaining costs that we can't bill the government because we're not actually installing. There's nothing we're installing,” he said.
Lankford says U.S. taxpayers have already spent $2 billion for an unfinished project.
“We're paying about $3 million a day to individuals to actually sit next to the steel that was already delivered, to make sure that metal is not stolen.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection last month reported a 20-year high 188,000 encounters in June, along with 508 points of fentanyl seized. That was up 12 percent from May.
“Why not go ahead and put it up? All the process is done. All the payments have been made. Now we just have people literally sitting there trying to keep the wall from being stolen because it's laying on the ground. It's just an asinine way of looking at things,” says Curtis Collier with U.S. Border Watch.