President Donald Trump has fulfilled a promise to install 450 miles of border wall along the U.S.-Mexico boundary by the end of 2020, according to the country’s top border official. President Trump has been promising a border wall since the start of his campaign for President.
Trump promised to the American people to put up 1,000 miles of wall on the nearly 2,000-mile border, which stretches from the Pacific Coast in California to the Gulf of Mexico in Texas.
Construction workers have completed construction for the 450th mile of the border wall in the month of December, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said in a private call with several reporters on Tuesday.
“Myself and the deputy commissioner, leaders here, we found out about it — we were briefed on Dec. 31 that we had actually reached the goal, and we had accomplished what we set out to accomplish,” Morgan said.
“I remember every time that I said with confidence that I, without hesitation, that we were going to accomplish this goal by Dec. 31,” Morgan said. “We were going to put 450 miles of steel and concrete along with all the essential attributes of the wall system Dec. 31. We were challenged, and a lot of people didn’t think we’re going to be able to do it. … That is a remarkable achievement.“
That sum for construction of the wall includes about $4.5 billion appropriated by Congress in the past four years for border barriers.
The CBP stated that the majority of the miles funded through fiscal year 2020 are on federally-owned property and noted that design and real estate acquisition activities “occur in parallel.“
“Real estate acquisition activities continue for other areas of the project while the construction contractor is working in areas that have been acquired or were already Government owned therefore mitigating any possible delays,” the statement reads. “Based on CBP’s experience in constructing barriers in 2007-2009, this is the most efficient process in order to rapidly construct in areas where the Border Patrol agents need it most.”
Border wall construction started under the Clinton administration in the 1990s. Congress has also approved the Secure Fence Act under George W. Bush, which funded more than 650 miles of barrier following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.