President Donald Trump will spend part of his last full week in office in Alamo, Texas, reviewing the progress of the wall on the US southern border. To date, around 450 miles of border wall have been completed.
The border wall was the promise of the signature campaign issued by Trump and his administration.
Trump's border wall – "Promise kept"
The President's visit to observe the construction of the Wall comes as Congress is considering an impeachment decision resulting from last week's violent protests in Washington DC.
An unidentified senior White House official announced the visit, which will take place on Tuesday.
"President Trump is scheduled to travel to Alamo, Texas on Tuesday to mark the completion of more than 400 miles of border wall – a promise that is being kept – and his administration's efforts to reform our broken immigration system," the official said White House told Fox News.
Republicans are fighting to make our borders stronger and safer.
President Trump and his administration have kept their promise to install 450 miles of border wall along the US-Mexico border by the end of 2020. ↓
– Republicans of the House (@HouseGOP) January 6, 2021
Building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was a major theme in the 2016 presidential election when then-candidate Trump toured the country. "Build the wall!" was a common chant among Trump's supporters at his rallies.
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The idea behind building a border wall was to protect the 1,000 or so miles that have no natural barriers. Trump had promised to cover 450 miles by the end of 2020.
Congress recently passed a bulk spending bill that included $ 16 billion in funding.
However, acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said the $ 1.375 billion included in that package was enough to complete at least 800 miles of border wall.
In addition to the completed 450 miles, another 350 miles are available that can be financially supported. The orders for these wall parts have already been placed.
Commissioner Mark Morgan celebrated the completion of 450 miles of "new boundary wall systems" in late 2020. Https://t.co/zZdKEQudtI
– Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 6, 2021
Biden can stop border construction
However, the construction work on the wall could be stopped in the next few weeks.
According to an article in the Dallas Morning News, Biden has stated that while he will not tear down an existing wall, he will stop building future sections of the wall.
Biden advocates a "high-tech virtual wall to ensure border security".
In an article in the Washington Post, the Post claims it was reviewing estimates by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and if Biden stopped construction it would save the U.S. government $ 2.6 million.
However, if Biden stopped construction, it could hook the U.S. government, and therefore taxpayers, for billions of dollars in settlement fees if those contracts were abandoned.
Attempts to completely stop the construction of border walls, as President-elect Biden had promised, will prove difficult, especially if contracts continue to be drawn – a challenge that Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan as https: // t. co / F0bYtt3EIp recognized
– CNN (@CNN) January 5, 2021
CBP Commissioner Morgan went on to say that leaving the project would not only cost taxpayers in cash, it would also cost "thousands of jobs".