It’s much less than President Trump promised. But it’s something, and it is interfering with smuggling and illegal immigration.
According to the Washington Examiner:
The Trump administration touted the completion of nearly 400 miles of border wall system along the U.S.-Mexico border in a ceremony staged days ahead of the presidential election.
“Without the president’s vision and dedication, we would not be here today to celebrate the construction of nearly 400 miles of new state-of-the-art border wall system,” said acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf during the event, held in McAllen, Texas, on Thursday.
The wall was a leading issue in the 2016 presidential election. President Trump vowed to put up 1,000 miles for $4 billion. At present, more than 800 miles have been funded for more than $15 billion, with half of it built.
In bills dating back to fiscal 2018, the Trump administration secured funding, including several billion dollars taken from the Pentagon and Treasury, to erect more than 730 miles of barrier along the southwest border. To date, more than 380 miles of wall have gone up in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Another 210 miles are under construction, and more than 150 miles are in the planning phases. DHS expects to reach 450 miles by Dec. 31.