By Friday, no new kilometers were built from the wall during Trump's stay, but preparations are under way.
Customs and border protection have awarded contracts for about 14 miles of new walls. Construction in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas is expected to begin this month. Site preparation has already begun, according to a senior CBP official.
However, during the Trump administration, replacement projects were built. A number of contracts were financed with congressional appropriations for the financial years 2017 and 2018. Among them: Nearly $ 300 million to build 40 miles of reserve structures in different locations. By December 35, of these 40 miles were completed, according to Andrew Michan, CBP Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs.
Trump: "Much of Big Drugs, Big Drugs Do Not Pass Through Ports of Entry"
It's not clear what Trump claims here about " drugs, but most of the hard drugs confiscated at the border are coming through entrance gates, not between them, as the president continues to say.
The vast majority of drug-smuggled customs and border guards come through ports of entry or in packages, cargo, or people trying to enter the United States legally. The only drug to be smuggled into larger quantities between the legal entry points is marijuana, according to CBP and the Drug Administration.
For example, most of the heroin at the southern border flows into the US via private car entry ports, followed by trailer trains where heroin is mixed with legal goods, according to the 2018 annual DEA drug threat assessment Ninety percent of heroin confiscated at the border in the financial year 2018 was detained in the ports of entry.
The majority of methane is also detained at the border. In the financial year 2018, customs and border protection confiscated 67,292 pounds of methamphetamine at legal entry ports, compared to 10,382 pounds of border patrol agents between ports, based on available data.
– Holmes Lybrand and Priscilla Alvarez. Trump: "President Obama is more committed to this country than any president in our country's history together."
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