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The Washington Post this morning published a lengthy article about Trump's border wall:
It's worthwhile to at least skim the article, but here is a key statement:
Nearly all of the new fencing the Trump administration has built so far is considered “replacement” fencing, swapping out smaller, older vehicle barriers for a more elaborate — and costly — “border wall system.”
The data shows the Trump administration is far from delivering on the president’s promise to finish more than 500 miles of new barriers by early next year. Though Trump had insisted Mexico would pay for the project, it has been funded entirely by the U.S. government, at costs that reach nearly $30 million per mile in southern Texas.
The majority of the money used to build the wall are funds diverted from the military, and not money authorized by Congress.
Meanwhile. more than 47,000 bridges in the United States are in crucial need of repairs, says the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, or ARTBA. At our current pace, it would take 80 years to repair all of them.
Trump has said repeatedly that he wants to upgrade America's crumbling infrastructure. Even though some Democratic leaders have expressed a willingness to work with him on a plan, little progress has been made on the issue.
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association has said it would cost $171 billion to make fixes to 235,000 bridges that need some kind of repair.