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A federal appeals court Friday granted the Trump administration to take $3.6 billion from military construction projects for a border wall. The ruling reversed a previous order that had blocked the Trump administration from re-appropriating the funds.
Joe Biden has pledged to end that national emergency, though the Trump administration has locked in construction contracts with the funding and already built many new stretches of wall across the southwest border.
originally posted by: LordAhriman
It's a useless monument. Waste of our money.
Before he took office, there were 654 miles (just over 1,000km) of barrier along the southern border - made up of 354 miles of barricades to stop pedestrians and 300 miles of anti-vehicle fencing.
Now, according to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in its 6 October status report, the southern border has 669 miles of "primary barrier" - the first structure people heading from Mexico to the US will encounter - and 65 miles of "secondary barrier" - which usually runs behind the primary structure as a further obstacle.
This means that in areas where no barricades existed before, they have built 15 miles of new, primary barrier or "border wall system", as it is called by CBP.
About a further 350 miles of barrier has been built, according to CBP, made up of replacement structures and some new secondary barrier.
1. Biden will not be president.
I’m a little flummoxed. As I post this the article has been edited. So in turn I have removed the edited content.
Last month, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf stood in the shadow of the iron bollard wall in the Rio Grande Valley to announce the completion of nearly 400 miles since Trump came into office.
"While this is an important milestone, we're building even more wall," Wolf said. "Currently we have nearly 210 more miles under construction and expect to complete 450 miles by the end of this calendar year."
"I'm very happy for that," said Tomás Rodriguez Jr., secretary of the Sacred Heart board of directors. "The wall, it seems, will not be built, and that will help our cause because we would not lose any property, and we would be able to help young boys and young girls."
"The region is emerging as one of the Trump administration's last centers of wall building as blasting crews feverishly tear through the remote Peloncillo Mountains, where ocelots and bighorn sheep roam through woodlands of cottonwoods and sycamores.
'Wildlife corridors, the archaeology and history, that's all being blasted to oblivion or destroyed already,' said Bill McDonald, 68, a fifth generation cattleman and former lifelong Republican who voted for Mr. Biden. 'Tragedy is the word I use to describe it.'"
quotes: NYT's - " Construction Blitz on Border Aims to Add Miles of Wall By the End of Trump's Term" - Monday, November 30, 2020
originally posted by: Gryphon66
is puffing the actual amount
"Efforts to stop Trump's border wall construction could extend long past Inauguration Day"
"The lawsuit challenging Trump's 2017 executive order mandating construction of a physical barrier on the border. The lawsuit alleges the administration violated the Fifth Amendment's due process clause, which provides for equal protection under the law. The executive order 'creates a 2nd class United States citizen at the Southern Border, who can have their land seized wholesale based on racist and white nationalist motives,' the lawsuit claims."