SAN DIEGO – The Trumpet administration of the plans for the creation of hundreds of miles of border barriers with Mexico not sufficiently take into account the costs, a congress watchdog agency said on Monday, potentially raising the price and creating delays.
The administration has an approximate cost of $18 billion for 722 miles (1162 km) of barriers, but that was based on an average cost per km. The Government Accountability Office said the cost can vary greatly, depending on the slope and the topography, land acquisition costs, and other factors.
Without more information, the Department of Homeland Security “faces an increased risk that the Wall System Program will cost more than expected, take longer than planned, or does not fully perform as expected,” wrote the GAO.
Customs and Border Protection, an agency of the Homeland Security”, not full information to determine whether the use of limited resources in the most cost-effective manner and is not important information about the costs that would assist in the development of future budget requests,” the report continues.
Homeland Security official Jim Crumpacker, in a response included as an appendix to the GAO report, said that the authorities are “following best practices in the assessment of the costs, the budget and the financial impact of the border segments.” He said the financial costs were considered after an evaluation of where the walls were most needed.
Katie Waldman, a Homeland Security Department spokeswoman, said walls have proven to be very effective.”
USA. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, who requested the report, says: “to fast, they have ignored the need and established acquisitions protocols and plans to build a multibillion-dollar wall where their own analysis shows that it is not a priority. To be blunt, this government has no idea what he is doing and should be held accountable.”