President Joe Biden is against using walls and fencing to secure the U.S.–Mexico border. But when it comes to securing his own house, it’s a different story.
The Daily Mail reports that while Biden has expressed staunch opposition to putting taxpayer money toward a border wall, he’s not against using Americans’ hard-earned dollars to build a fence around his family beach house.
What we know
USA Spending, a website that tracks federal government spending, recently revealed that Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had inked a contract worth $456,548 with a construction company in Delaware to put a fence around Biden’s beach house.
According to Breitbart, that contract, which handed the job to Turnstone Holdings, LLC, facilitates the “purchase and installation of security fencing” at the president’s multimillion-dollar beach house.
Biden reportedly purchased the property back in the summer of 2017 for a cool $2.7 million — not bad for a public servant.
The contract lists the “start date” for the project as Sept. 21, 2021, and says it will be completed by Dec. 31.
As of Oct. 20, construction on the fencing had not yet begun, according to reports. The builders do expect to reach their goal of finishing up by the end of the year, however.
The great wall debate
It all comes as the crisis at the border continues to escalate. Reports indicate that there were more than 2 million illegal crossings at the U.S.–Mexico border during the 2021 fiscal year, which came to a close on Sept. 30.
Of the roughly 2 million who crossed the border, law enforcement only apprehended about 1.65 million of them, a record, according to Breitbart. But that doesn’t tell the whole story, as some 400,000 undocumented migrants were said to have slipped through the cracks.
Many are blaming a lack of resources being allocated to border security under the Biden administration. Since becoming president, Biden has effectively opened the doors to migrants and even ended construction of a wall at the border, most recently canceling all border wall contracts in the Laredo and Rio Grande Valley sectors, apparently on the grounds that walls don’t work.
Speaking Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called the idea of a wall “feckless,” claiming it would cost “billions of dollars for taxpayers,” as Breitbart reported.
The irony here cannot be overstated. If walls don’t work, then why is Biden putting one around his house? And if they do work, why aren’t we putting one at the U.S.–Mexico border?