President Biden is rolling. Has there ever been a POTUS who comes into office, and then gleefully signs executive orders that eliminate thousands of jobs? It’s incredible.
The cost of abandoning the border wall
By Lexington Chronicle, January 29, 2021Add 5,000 more lost jobs to Biden’s executive orders
President Joe Biden’s border wall halt will cost 5,000 construction jobs.Former acting commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan said, “It’s gonna cost them their livelihood.”The new president’s executive order reads:“It shall be the policy of my Administration that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall I am also directing a careful review of all resources appropriated or redirected to construct a southern border wall.”Congress had recently approved $1.4 billion for border wall construction in the 2021 National Defense Authorization package.Morgan said the steel, concrete, and technology industries who supply the materials for the border walls will also be affected.“Now, keep in mind, they’re going to be paid for what they produced so far,” he said when referring to union members in the steel industry that produce the bollards. “But for the 350 miles that Congress funded for construction … the money they are counting on to feed their families and pay their mortgage, all that goes out the window.”“Think about that. We are not only going to have to pay the contractors for that, but then we’re gonna have to pay the additional money to either destroy it, which is unconscionable, or store it,” he spoke of the costs, adding that there are other partially completed areas that will have to cost to undo, such as paying the contractor to pull out pieces of rebar previously laid.“Conservatively we’re looking at costing taxpayers billions of dollars.”The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Epoch Times.Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden’s pick to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said he hasn’t looked at what he’d do with the current border wall, including the possibility of removing portions of it.
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