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DHS says 450 miles of border wall expected by 2021

President Donald Trump visits the U.S.-Mexico border. (John Gibbins/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
December 16, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security has already built around 426 miles of the border wall and contractors are working nonstop to meet their goal of 450 miles by the new year.

Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of President Donald Trump’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, highlighted the group’s progress on social media, tweeting, “We have completed more than 426 miles of new border wall system, and we’re going to meet our mark of 450 miles by the end of the year.”

“Nearly all of the miles funded for new border wall system are currently under contract,” he continued. “The impact of stopping construction would be disastrous.”

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website, around 640 thousand tons of steel and over 900 thousand cubic yards of concrete have been used to build the border wall system.

Joe Biden has expressed opposition to the border wall, and his campaign website refers to Trump’s 2019 declaration of the illegal immigration crisis at the border that sparked the border project a “so-called National Emergency.”

“End the so-called National Emergency that siphons federal dollars from the Department of Defense to build a wall. Building a wall will do little to deter criminals and cartels seeking to exploit our borders,” the Biden-Harris website stated. “Instead of stealing resources from schools for military children and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, Biden will direct federal resources to smart border enforcement efforts, like investments in improving screening infrastructure at our ports of entry, that will actually keep America safer.”

In another tweet, Morgan warned it would be costly to stopped border wall construction. He tweeted “1. The costs when we walk away from billions already invested, incl. a settlement process for termination of convenience. 2. Material have already been purchased, incl. 270,000 tons of steel. 3. More costs incurred for restoration, such as filling in trenches already dug.”

Morgan continued to show his support for the wall, tweeting, “This system not only enhances safety along the SW border, but also encourages lawful and safe entry through available ports of entry.”