(PresidentialWire.com)- It might not be completely ready, but Donald Trump’s promised border wall on the southern border of the United States is going up…and it’s going up fast. As President Trump kicks his re-election campaign up a gear, the president visited some new section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall and told the press that some 216 miles have been built so far.
Reports suggest that a further 339 miles are currently in construction, and plans are being put together for a further 183 miles after that. Mark Morgan, the United States Customs and Border Protection acting commissioner, stated that the project is well underway courtesy of the funding Trump obtained to start building it.
Trump has given $15 billion in funding to teams working on the border, which is enough to fund 738 miles of wall. Included in that cost are new roads, communication networks, and cameras that make it easier to monitor action around the wall.
Mark Morgan announced on Twitter that the new wall “makes it easier for Border Patrol to stop illegal border crossings, drug smuggling and human trafficking activities.”
216 miles of new border wall system completed. Construction underway on an additional 339 miles.
— CBP Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) June 23, 2020
During a roundtable discussion in Yuma, Arizona on June 23, Trump said they were on track to complete a total of 450 miles of wall by the end of the year. He also said he believed he would “almost immediately” hit 500 miles at the beginning of next year.
The agency video he tweeted explains how they are “averaging about seven miles per week.”
The border wall is more important than ever. Not only is it crunch time for President Trump as the November presidential election approached, but last year alone, some 630,000 women and children crossed the border illegally courtesy of the legal loopholes set up by former President Barack Obama.
In the first seven months of this year, however, that influx has dropped to just 22,000. A combination of the new border wall and protocols implemented post-COVID to immediately deport illegal arrivals have made it easier for border patrol officials to protect US borders.