The Trump administration has not built a single new mile of border wall in the 30 months since President Trump took the oath of office — only replaced 'dilapidated,' existing fencing has been replaced.
The Washington Examiner reported that US Customs and Border Protection, which is tasked with overseeing Trump's ballyhooed 'big beautiful wall' on the US-Mexico border, confirmed that all the fencing that's been built during Trump thus far was 'in place of dilapidated designs.'
In a statement, the agency said that 51 miles of steel bollard fence was built using money set aside during the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years, which was earmarked to fund the replacement of outdated fence and to build new fences where none had previously existed.
US Customs and Border Patrol confirmed that no new border wall has been built in the time since President Trump took the oath of office. Only replacement wall has been put up (file)
However, the agency said that so far, only replacement fences have been erected.
The agency said it is still putting together projects that would create fences in areas that did not have any before.
The Washington Examiner reported that a senior administration official said that CBP and the Army Corps of Engineers were quicker to replace old fences first, because it the environmental and zoning permits approval process for brand new fencing projects was more involved than replacing existing fencing.
In a statement to the media outlet, the official wrote that 'The wall projects are moving along as quickly as practicably possible given the unprecedented obstruction from Democrat lawmakers to protect and prolong open borders.'
Thus far, Trump's administration is said to have completed an average 1.7 miles of replacement border wall per month since he took office in January 2017, while 205 miles of new or replacement walls have been funded.
In 2017, Congress approved $341million to build 40 miles of replacement wall in San Diego, California; Santa Teresa, North