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Report: Millions Wasted In Constructing Border Fence

The DHS Inspector General said the $69 million “could have been put to better use.” CBP officials defend the expenditure.

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Aired 12/8/11

Border Fence Waste

— In the last three years, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has spent approximately $1.2 billion to build a total of 299 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border in California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

According to the audit, CBP purchased much more steel than it needed. It also came up with a budget estimate before legally acquiring land or meeting international treaty obligations.

A patched-up portion of the steel fence along the U.S.-Mexico border separating Tijuana from San Diego.
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Above: A patched-up portion of the steel fence along the U.S.-Mexico border separating Tijuana from San Diego.

And as a result of storing the unused steel, CBP incurred high storage costs, and even interest on late storage payments.

The Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General said the $69 million dollars "could have been put to better use."

But in an email response to a request for an interview, a CBP spokesperson refuted the report's findings. The spokesperson said the funds actually helped with: "The successful completion of the fence within the strict time constraints."

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | December 9, 2011 at 8:35 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

And the surplus is going where?

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Missionaccomplished | December 9, 2011 at 8:35 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

So why aren't the Teebirchers bagging?

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JusticeP | December 9, 2011 at 1:21 p.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

Wasted is the correct word.

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