LATEST SENATOR McCASKILL
U.S. Senator McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today wrote the head of the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) following a briefing provided to her committee staff in which the Administration provided the most information to date on the potential length and cost of a wall along the southern border.
At the briefing, officials indicated that the Administration budget blueprint for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 will request approximately $2.6 billion to construct fewer than 75 miles of new border wall. This results in an average cost of $36.6 million per mile. CBP also informed McCaskill’s committee staff that 1,827 miles of the border could contain a physical barrier—thus if the per-mile costs in the 2018 budget request are extrapolated, the barrier often described by the President would come in at a cost of $66.9 billion.
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