More than a $100 million value of taxpayer-paid border wall materials have been discarded and are going to waste in Texas after President Biden ended development of the barrier when he entered the White House in January and canceled contracts for its development, in response to a report.
A Fox News drone captured footage of round 10,000 metal panels — sufficient to construct 100 miles of wall — rusting in the solar in Pharr, Texas, since January.
Only about 14 miles of the wall was constructed earlier than former President Donald Trump left workplace.
“Keep in mind, taxpayers have already paid for this,” reporter Bill Melugin mentioned on “America’s Newsroom.”
“It’s bought and paid for and nothing is happening with it,” he added.
The news crew additionally took video of the place the wall abruptly ends in La Joya, Texas, leaving an open area that unlawful immigrants can simply stroll throughout.
“Basically, it’s useless,” Melugin mentioned. “We watch these migrants just walk around it all the time. It’s not doing anything, and the border agents out here are having to run around left and right as runners are constantly coming through.”
Former Border Patrol chief Rodney Scott mentioned the administration is paying about $5 million a day for border contracts which were placed on maintain.
“Many of those projects today are just still on hold, so we’re paying contractors,” Scott instructed Fox News.
“For a while, it was almost five million a day between DoD and DHS to not build the border wall,” he mentioned, referring to the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.
Melguin mentioned Border Patrol brokers are pissed off as a result of they are saying “they really need the wall here.”
“As we’ve heard the Border Patrol chief say, so far this year more than 400,000 known [migrants] got away. Those are the only ones we know about,” he mentioned.
Biden ended the wall development after he took workplace together with a variety of Trump’s immigration insurance policies that led to an enormous surge of migrants on the US border over the summer time.
Trump accomplished round 453 miles of recent and alternative wall, with one other 300 miles deliberate or underneath development.