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.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Border Fence Waste
SAN DIEGO 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.
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."