Senator Ernst Nails the Biden Administration on Abject Border Wall Failure and Offers a Legislative Solution to Turn It Over to the States

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    Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) is accusing President Joe Biden of paying contractors $3 million a day to not continue building the border wall. The legislation she is currently introducing is called the BUILD IT Act and would give the remaining border-wall construction materials, covered by American taxpayers, to states so that they can continue to build the wall at the border. In January 2021, Biden put an end to further building of the border wall.

    “[My legislation] turns over those unused materials, that were purchased to construct the southern border barrier, to any state that wishes to finish the job. What we have done–we have purchased these materials,” Ernst stated to Breitbart News Daily. “Joe Biden canceled the construction of a border wall along the southern border, calling it a waste of money. But since he canceled that contract, the administration has continued paying contractors upwards of $3 million every single day to watch over these unused materials.”

    She concluded, “So why are we paying people to watch over materials that will not be used in this administration, according to him? Why don't we turn it over then to the state governments who do wish to construct a border wall?”

    In April, footage revealed how the Biden Administration was using tax dollars to make huge holes in the 30-foot-high border wall that runs along the California frontier with Mexico.

    “While those materials are lying out there in the desert, we know that there's pilferage as well. So we need to protect the materials that have already been purchased by the federal government and allow the states to use them,” Ernst explained. “Instead, we're wasting much more money every single day… Think about the year and a half now that has passed since they canceled that project–$3 million a day. It's just wasted money… for nothing.”

    In 2021, the Biden Administration oversaw more than two million border crossings across the southern border, the highest number of illegal immigration ever recorded in American history. Similar to that, between February 2021 and April 2022, the Biden Administration released more than 954,000 border crossers and illegal immigrants into American communities.

    Ernst pointed out that the record-breaking illegal immigration under Biden has frequently outpaced the population of the major cities in America and states. “Last year, we saw over two million border crossings… We have ten states in the United States that don't even have two million people in population,” Ernst stated. “If you don't think that this is going to affect our country, because we would have many more people, children in schools, maybe their parents may or may not be paying taxes… There's a lot of local implications for having that many people that are undocumented coming into the United States. So it is an issue, and it affects everyday life for every citizen.”

    Currently, there are anywhere between 11 and 22 million undocumented aliens throughout the United States—costing American taxpayers around $143 billion a year.

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