Republican Senators, including Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, and Joni Ernst, have written a letter to Assistant Secretary Dalton, expressing concern over the Department of Defense’s decision to pay private landowners to store border wall materials procured under President Trump’s administration.
The Senators argue that these funds should be used to bolster national security instead of incurring daily storage charges. Takeaways: Over 20,000 border wall sections lie unused in southern Arizona and New Mexico.
The Department of Defense pays $130,000 daily to store, maintain, and secure these materials.
The Senators request internal correspondence, a list of individuals and entities being paid for land use, and an explanation of the contracting process. U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz admits the U.S. does not have operational control over the entire border.
Republicans criticize the Biden administration’s border policies for making the country more vulnerable to threats.
As Republicans, we must hold the Biden administration accountable for their careless handling of our southern border.
The waste of taxpayer dollars on storage fees instead of using the materials to strengthen our border security is unacceptable.
We stand with our Republican Senators in demanding transparency and better use of resources to protect our nation.