The Trump administration this week reached 450 miles of wall built at the southern border, and acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan explained earlier this week that a whole of 800 miles is financed.
"So in addition to the 450 that we’ve already got on the ground, we’ve got funded 350 miles of wall system to go in the ground," he said. "The overwhelming amount of those miles, that funding, the contracts have already been awarded."
Though, the wall faces a gloomy tomorrow under Biden, who has vowed that not "another foot" would be built. It appears doubtful, therefore, that he will allow a new 350 miles - nearly equal the amount of wall built under his forerunner.
Though Morgan suggested that cutting projects at this point would cost the U.S. taxpayer.
"It’ll cost taxpayers billions of dollars, billions of dollars in settlement fees," he stated. "We’re going to walk away from areas of the wall that have already been constructed."
"There are going to be some areas where, let's say we’ve already started to dig a trench and put some rebar in there, we’re actually going to have to stop and pay extra to have them remove the rebar and fill in the trench," he continued.
He added that there are another 270,000 tons of steel bollards that have either already been created or are now being created.
"We’re either going to have to pay them additional money on top of the money we’ve paid for the materials to either destroy what we paid them for already or to store it," he explained.
He also warned that it would cost thousands of jobs for workers if the brakes were put on the project.
Other views have doubted Morgan's claim. The Washington Post reported that it could actually save money -- about $2.6 billion -- according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates.
U.S. Army Corps surveys claim there will be about $3.3 billion in unused funds in the project’s accounts on Jan. 21. "Demobilization" fees that could be charged to the government once contracts are canceled would be approximately $700 million.
Speaking to reporters, Morgan did not address the report directly yet acknowledged broadly that there had been some "spin" implying it wouldn’t be expensive to cancel the contract.
Morgan further said that canceling the wall would have a "dramatic" influence elsewhere, including on how CBP and other law enforcement are capable of doing their jobs in stopping illegal immigration and drug smuggling across the border.