According to ProPublica, the Trump administration currently has funding to build just SEVEN MILES of his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection currently has $20 million for the structure. The report said the agency’s top contracting official revealed the amount during a conference in San Antonio this week.
But it’s only a drop in the bucket. The U.S.- Mexico border runs for 2,000 miles. Trump’s proposal for a wall covering 1,000 miles is estimated to cost $20 billion.
The wall was one of Donald Trump’s signature campaign promises, and he swore Mexico would eventually pay for the wall. Trump asked for $2.6 billion for the wall in his federal budget blueprint last month. He’s also asked for an additional $1.5 billion in a supplemental spending measure for fiscal 2017.
Existing fence along America’s southern border costs about $2.8 million per mile, according to ProPublica, which says about 650 miles of the 2,000-mile-long border already has some form of fencing.