I know, I know, it’s a shocking twist—the border wall that President Trump campaigned on, promised Mexico would pay for, and has made no actual progress on since entering office is actually total bullshit that has no basis in reality, according to a new study from the Government Accountability Office.
Apparently, Customs and Border Protection did not research a few minor details when proposing costs for the wall, like what the terrain is like, what parts of the border need to be blocked to stop migrants from crossing, and who actually owns the land the wall would be built on. No big deal, right?
Well, according to the new report, these oversights could be a problem.
Without assessing costs, consistent with leading practices for capital decision making, C.B.P. does not have complete information for prioritizing locations to use its resources in the most cost-effective manner. [The Department of Homeland Security] faces an increased risk that the Border Wall System Program will cost more than projected, take longer than planned or not fully perform as expected.
How could anyone see this coming.
“The report shows us what we already knew: The Trump administration put almost zero thought into the construction of this wall other than how it will play in the news cycle,” Rep. Filemon Vela, a Texas Democrat, told the New York Times.
At this point, the only real-world construction of the border wall, which Trump mandated through an executive order, are prototypes built in Southern California by some extremely shady companies. Congress has also provided some money that will go to repairing existing fences and building some new fencing on the border in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Trump has threatened to shut down the government if they don’t provide funding for the wall.
This report confirms that if Congress does indeed fund this absurd project it will not only be an immoral exercise in xenophobia, it will also be a total waste of whatever money is spent on it. Yeah, this is definitely going to happen.