Lankford: Biden still paying contractors, not to finish wall but to stop theft of rusting materials

The Biden administration is reportedly still paying border wall contractors, not for completing sections of the wall but to act as paid security guards to ensure that rusting building materials are not stolen.

Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma made the claim via Twitter: “Biden admin is still paying contractors hired to build the wall. But they are not getting paid to finish the wall. They are getting paid to sit there & make sure no one steals materials. I have an idea, the steel beams are harder to take if they are installed-finish the wall.”

The waste in taxpayer dollars being paid to reportedly have contractors sit and watch as building materials and equipment gather even more rust has reportedly been going on for months. Contracts for building the wall have been halted in mid-construction as of April 30th, with no determination as to the handling of the materials and equipment that is already in place.

In March, Breitbart News reported that it was costing $6 million per day for the construction sites to sit idle. President Joe Biden’s immigration policies are also costing Americans millions in canceled contracts, not to mention the cost of massive illegal immigration. According to the New York Post, contracts worth $3 billion have been awarded to help shelter unaccompanied illegal immigrant children.

Some states are taking matters into their own hands to handle the border crisis and to stop the waste of materials already allotted for the wall. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced that they will resume construction of the border wall with or without the assistance of the Biden administration. Previously, he declared a disaster in 34 counties in Texas on May 31. That allowed funds to be freed up to resume the construction of a border wall.

“Texas will build a border wall in our state to help secure our border,” Abbott proclaimed at a press conference last week. He also announced his plan to use $250 million of state funds as a “down payment” on the wall.

“The Biden administration has abandoned its responsibility to apply federal law to secure the border and to enforce the immigration laws, and Texans are suffering as a consequence of that neglect by the Biden administration,” Abbott stated. “In the federal government’s absence, Texas is stepping up to get the job done.”

The surge at the border has exploded since Biden took office and reversed former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Stopping construction on the wall exacerbated the crisis. Biden also redirected $2.2 billion of funds allocated for the border wall back to the Department of Defense.

Abbott is facing lawsuits from a number of pro-illegal immigrant activist groups for proceeding with the building of the wall on the Texan border. But he is not being deterred by those legal actions.

On June 10, Abbott took further action with Arizona’s Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. They wrote a letter to the governors of the other 48 states requesting law enforcement manpower to help counter the inundation in their states by drug cartels. Florida has already committed to sending deputies to help both states in their fight against illegal immigration, drugs, and human trafficking.

“Border states like Texas and Arizona are ‘ground zero’ for this crisis and bear a disproportionate share of those burdens,” Abbott and Ducey declared in the letter.

Abbott is using state funds and private donations to fund the completion of the wall. He will evidently utilize materials and equipment that were basically abandoned after Biden stopped construction.

“My belief, based upon conversations that I’ve already had, is that the combination of state land, as well as volunteer land, will yield hundreds of miles to build a border wall in Texas,” Abbott said in a statement last week when questioned about eminent domain coming into play over the construction of the wall.

As contractors are paid to sit and watch paid-for materials and equipment on the border so they won’t be hauled off to Mexico, Biden has determined “building a massive wall that spans the entire southern border is not a serious policy solution” to “security challenges at the southern border,” according to the Department of Defense. The states are now being forced to fend for themselves with Texas leading the way.

A lot of Americans still want the wall built and abhor the thought of someone being paid to, in essence, babysit construction materials:

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