We all know that Democratic President Joe Biden has no intention of building a wall at our southern border or even finishing the one that is partially there. However, did you know that he’s also paying out a whopping amount of money on a daily basis to prevent it all from happening.?
It’s true, according to Department of Defense records. The Biden administration is paying $130,000 per day to have materials for the wall (already bought and paid for under the Trump administration) stored and kept safe.
Let’s just say that when this little-known fact was made known to Congress, it didn’t go over too well.
Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker was so incensed by it, in fact, that he gathered a whole slew of his colleagues to write a letter demanding answers about the situation.
The message, dated Wednesday and addressed to Melissa Dalton, the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and hemispheric affairs, noted that the recent discovery only adds insult to injury as most of Congress at the point has personally made trips to our southern border and seen the destruction Biden’s open border policies have caused.
Not only are Biden and his staff blatantly ignoring the problems being faced by immigration issues, but now, we learn that some $50 million a year is being spent to ensure that literally nothing is done with the materials that could end most of those frustrations.
As the letter points out, “at present, over 20,000 border wall sections, otherwise known as bollard panels, lie unused at 20 project sites across southern Arizona and New Mexico. Every day, the Department of Defense pays $130,000 to store, maintain, and secure these materials.”
They note that this means that since Dalton was installed in her position a year ago, some $47 million has been paid by the federal government for such wasteful uses.
The question being asked of her is why. Or at least that’s part of the query.
Naturally, the group of senators wants to know why the Department would choose to spend this outrageous sum on something so pointless. I mean, if Biden’s not going to build the wall, fine. But why then keep the material needed to do so? They could likely sell those materials off for a pretty penny, and one that may help to make up for some of the financial losses incurred at the border.
And since they are not selling the supplies or using them for other things, what “internal correspondence” made the Department go this route?
Next, the senators want to know who exactly is being paid to secure and store these materials.
And lastly, an “explanation of the process through which the Department of Defense contracted with private landowners to store the unused border materials, including whether there was a competitive contracting process and whether the landowners have instituted an inventory review system” is demanded.
Thankfully, there are some pretty big names attached to the letter. Names like big-hitting Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn. After all, with all the ridiculous spending this administration is prone to, it’s going to take some big names and big hits to get this kind of thing to stop.
Hopefully, letters like this and congressional members pushing for answers will encourage Biden’s administration to 1) ensure that funds such as these are being effectively used nationwide and 2) that misused funds are redirected to areas where it actually needed, say in actually fortifying the border perhaps instead of storing wasted materials.