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Biden spending over $2B to halt border wall construction amid migrant crisis

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Turns out not building a wall is almost as costly as building one.

President Joe Biden is spending at least $3 million a day on contractors “to watch steel rust in the desert,” Senate Republicans have found — as he tries to put a stop to former President Trump’s planned wall along the US-Mexico border, despite the ongoing crisis there.

“President Biden is paying professional construction contractors to babysit metal to the tune of $2 billion and counting, while at the same time we’ve seen a 20-year high number of migrants crossing our open border,” said Sen. James Lankford (R., Okla.)

A report issued this week by GOP members of the Senate’s Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management found that at least 20 percent of the $10 billion received by the Pentagon for border wall construction has instead been spent on guarding construction sides and terminating active contracts.

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Republicans have blasted President Joe Biden’s border policies for causing a surge of illegal immigrants arriving at the US-Mexico border.
Republicans have blasted President Joe Biden’s policies for causing a surge of illegal immigrants arriving at the US-Mexico border.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has pledged to build a state-funded border wall in response to more undocumented immigrants arriving.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has pledged to build a state-funded border wall in response to more undocumented immigrants arriving.
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With the termination process set to take up to 18 months to complete, the report found, the costs will keep adding up.

“This waste of taxpayer resources threatens military readiness and national security,” the report concluded.

Republicans and others have blamed the lack of border barriers, along with Biden’s lax admission policies, for a surge of illegal immigration in recent months.

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A US Customs and Border Control agent patrols through a razor-wire-covered border wall in Nogales, Arizona on March 2, 2019.
A US Customs and Border Control agent patrols through a razor-wire-covered border wall in Nogales, Arizona on March 2, 2019.
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A section of the border wall lays abandoned in Sunland Park, New Mexico on January 22, 2021.
A section of the border wall lays abandoned in Sunland Park, New Mexico on January 22, 2021.
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Trump constructed 453 miles of new and replacement wall during his term in office, with nearly 300 additional miles planned or under construction.

The federal government counted almost 190,000 people trying to illegally cross the southwest border into the United States in June, a 5 percent increase from May — putting US Customs and Border Protection on track to make its 1 millionth border stop of the year this month.

Not since 2006 has that number of apprehensions been hit in any calendar year — when the milestone was reached in December.

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