The Biden administration is reportedly paying millions of dollars per day to border wall contractors even though all construction on the project ceased the day the president took office.
Rodney Scott, who served as Border Patrol chief under former President Donald Trump, told Fox News Bret Baier of the expenditures, which appear to have been ongoing now for months.
Asked by Baier what type of actions Biden and his administration took regarding the border wall after the inauguration, Scott said the president first issued a 60-day construction moratorium.
“We’re supposed to do an in-depth study and then come up with a plan going forward,” Scott said. “As Border Patrol did its part, everything, that was done within about two weeks, several briefings later, there really had not been any decisions made, it went well beyond the 60 days. Many of those projects today are just still on hold. So we’re paying contractors, for a while it was almost $5 million a day between DOD and DHS.”
“Wait, $5 million a day to not build the wall?” Baier broke in.
“To not build the wall,” Scott reiterated.
“There are stacks and stacks of border wall panels, there are hundreds of miles of fiber optic cabling, there’s hundreds of cameras that were being installed with that, that are just sitting, there’s no action being taken,” Scott added.
Baier then asked, “So what do they say when the briefing is well, this really helps us, if we could just plug this in, if we could just finish this thing, what did they say?”
“We’re not building more wall. There’s no conversation,” Scott replied.
“There’s no adult dialogue if you will. It’s just a black-and-white decision. The administration said we’re not doing it. So we’re not doing it. That money is just trickling away to those contractors for not doing work each day.”
He went on to discuss morale at his former agency.
“It’s struggling right now. It really is struggling right now. Obviously, this administration doesn’t really support border security. The current leadership within Border Patrol is doing everything they can to keep the guys focused that the mission matters,” Scott said.
The anchor went on to play a clip of Biden lashing out at Border Patrol agents after reports some of them used “whips” or “straps” from horses to beat Haitian migrants, allegations that turned out to be untrue.
“It was horrible what you see, as you saw, to see people treated like they did: horses nearly running them over and people being strapped. It’s outrageous. I promise you, those people will pay. They will be — an investigation is underway now, and there will be consequences. There will be consequences,” Biden said last month following the initial reports.
Baier asked Scott about the president’s remarks.
“I was dumbfounded,” he began.
“To take a word from somebody else, I was outraged that all of a sudden due process goes out the window. Border Security, protects legal immigration. And those guys know it. That’s what they’ve been doing. And all of a sudden now, due process applies to everybody else, but not them?” Scott continued. And then all of a sudden our horse patrol doing what they’re supposed to do, which is prevent people from illegally entering our home, are now the villains.”
Scott said that the poor support from the Biden administration is costing the Border Patrol experience and numbers.
“I’ve taken quite a few phone calls. It’s very frustrating, the early retirements are going through the roof within Border Patrol. It worries me tremendously. We’re losing a lot of experience,” he said.