Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Border Patrol: No, We Haven’t Built Any New Wall, But That’s About To Change

U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a statement to the Daily Mail Thursday that contradicts President Trump's past claims that his administration has "already built large new sections" of the wall, but said they'll be getting to work very soon.
The CBP confirmed to the Daily Mail that no new sections of border wall have been built under the Trump administration; instead, existing walls have been renovated, supplemented, or replaced. "The first new wall project, where no barrier currently exists, is anticipated to start in April," CBP spokesman Roger Maier told the outlet in an email.
"He identified Hidalgo County as the construction project's location, a border zone along a meandering 50-mile stretch of the Rio Grande," the Daily Mail reports. "CBP said last year that it was 'designing and constructing approximately 25 miles of levee wall system' in that county, whose anchor is the the border city of McAllen."
The debate over how much "new wall" has or hasn't been put up revolves around some past assertions by Trump, who has used the term "new" ambiguously. "I will say, we've done a lot of renovation," Trump said when visiting the border on January 11, the Mail notes. "And we have a lot of new wall going up where we took down wall because it was in such bad shape, and we put new wall up." In that case, Trump clearly meant "new" replacement walls. But in one tweet he cited his administration as having "already built large new sections," as well as renovations.
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