The Trump administration has not installed a single mile of new wall in a previously fenceless part of the U.S.-Mexico border in the 30 months since President Trump assumed office, despite his campaign promise to construct a “big beautiful wall.”
In a statement last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency overseeing border barrier construction, confirmed that all the fencing completed since Trump took office is “in place of dilapidated designs” because the existing fence was in need of replacement.
The agency said that it had built 51 miles of steel bollard fence with funding that was set aside during fiscal 2017 and 2018. But while the funding was meant both to replace outdated walls and to place barriers where there previously had been none, the government has only completed the replacement projects. The projects to secure areas with no fence are still in the works.
No word on whether Mexico has paid for any of the nonexistent new wall. Maybe we should ask Trump.
Of course, Trump has previously claimed that lots and lots of wall was being built because, you know, he lies all the time:
Of course, this gives new meaning to the term “caretaker president.”
So Trump forced a ruinous government shutdown and declared an illegal national emergency, and for what? He promised his peeps a beautiful, brand-new car and he’s given them an oil change.
It occurs to me that my wife and I have officially put up more new fencing in the past two years than Trump has. It keeps our dog in our yard. Unfortunately, it also keeps the drug cartels from bringing in giant bags of weed, but you can’t have everything.
By the way, apropos of nothing, the Coast Guard recently intercepted a cartel narco-submarine that was on its way to the U.S. and chock-full of cocaine. A SUBMARINE, DONNIE! Where are the big, beautiful anti-submarine nets stretching all along our coast?
THEY HAVE SUBMARINES, DUDE! SUB-MA-FUCKING-RINES!
Why the fuck do you think your wall will do anything?
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