Not that the general public would ever hear the legacy mainstream media, the alphabet networks, admit that anything is happening at all, let alone at a quick clip very unusual for a government project, but the border barrier on the southern border is being built at a remarkable rate.
Even more distressing to the open borders crowd…the pace is about to pick up.
The Trump administration has stepped up the rebuilding of the dilapidated U.S.-Mexico border wall and is finally moving on new extensions of the 30-foot-high barrier as it aims to install 500 miles of a new “border system” by the end of next year, officials said on Monday.
Compared to the last wall building effort in 2006 under President George W. Bush, when it took two years to start digging on approved projects, the Trump administration has cut that to 9-11 months, said a senior administration official.
And once the $3.6 billion in money redirected from the Pentagon lands in the hands of border officials, they expect the construction of 2-3 miles a week will surge.
That’s good news for Americans used to being disappointed by the government when it comes to security at the southern border with Mexico. Previous attempts at building any sort of effective wall or fence have been mediocre at best, and really rather feeble. The Trump Administration worked to fix those failed efforts as well.
The officials said that the U.S. Border Patrol’s priority has first been to replace useless walls in key areas, mostly on federal land, where there is a high probability of illegal crossings.
Trump’s team has focused on those areas, installing a new “border system” that includes the high wall, lighting, special technology to identify crossing attempts, and an access road.
“This isn’t a vanity wall of the president’s. It’s not a vanity wall,” said one official. “This president has listened to the experts, and this president is delivering on what the experts have been asking for, make no mistake,” added the official.
Another said, “This isn’t like we’re building in areas just to show progress. We’re building where border patrol said their priorities are.”
And the border patrol’s priorities are not always the politicians’ priorities. That is also part of the difference.
In the end, the wall is being built. President Trump is keeping a campaign promise.