Trump administration officials have visited the border wall five days before the big election night in hopes of sharing the progress that has been made on one of the president's most prominent campaign promises.
According to AP News, top officials are claiming the completion of a total of 400 miles of U.S./Mexico border wall, including hundreds of miles of fencing (up to 30 feet tall) in a short period of time.
Despite President Trump's promises that Mexico would be paying for that wall, $15 billion dollars in U.S. taxpayer money, two-thirds from military funding have been responsible for funding the construction of the project.
Stephen Miller, a top Trump adviser, told reporters Wednesday that “we have a president campaigning on having successfully built a border wall.”
“The wall system we’re looking at right now, it works,” Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
However, sensitive habitats in national wildlife refuges, some on American Indian land, have been impacted by the construction. The Department of Homeland Security did waive environmental reviews in order to expedite the process.
Laiken Jordahl, a field campaigner for the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, has documented the destruction of those sensitive areas impacted by the border wall's construction.
“We’re seeing this administration just blow up anything in their path in order to build an additional mile of wall,” he said. “None of this is about border security. It’s about inflating this mile count in order to make Trump look tough for reelection.”
According to Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz the agency was not pushing to build quickly this year in case Trump loses to former Vice President Joe Biden, who has pledged to freeze any border wall construction if he wins.
Via AP News