AP FACT CHECK: Trump confuses with claims of latest border wall

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HOUSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s claims over Christmas that he had awarded 115 miles of latest border wall building in Texas seem to confuse work that’s already funded and underway.

Trump tweeted on Monday, “I’m within the Oval Workplace & simply gave out a 115 mile lengthy contract for one more giant part of the Wall in Texas.”

He reiterated on Tuesday that he’s transferring ahead on building, whilst the federal government stays partially shutdown over his insistence that Congress approve extra money for a border wall.

Neither the White Home nor the Division of Homeland Safety responded to follow-up questions on Monday or Tuesday, however right here’s what’s recognized about contracts and building of the wall.

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TRUMP, requested Tuesday morning concerning the wall and his Christmas Eve tweet: “Yesterday, I gave out 115 miles’ value of wall, 115 miles in Texas. It’s going to be constructed, hopefully quickly. I’m going there on the finish of January for the beginning of building.”

THE FACTS: Trump can’t award building contracts. The U.S. Customs and Border Safety and the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers awards contracts for border wall building after Congress approves funding and months have gone into planning.

In March, Congress authorised funding for 33 miles (53 kilometers) of building in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, the busiest hall for unlawful border crossings.

CBP introduced in November that building within the Rio Grande Valley would start in February, together with on the nonprofit Nationwide Butterfly Middle, a state park and privately owned ranches and farmland.

Trump’s assertion that he plans to go to the location on the finish of January suggests he could also be referring to this beforehand introduced building.

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TRUMP, talking Tuesday: “We gave out 115 yesterday, and we gave it out at an incredible worth.”

THE FACTS: It’s unclear the place the determine of 115 miles is coming from.

In keeping with DHS , the March funding from Congress pays for 84 miles (135 kilometers) alongside the southern border, together with the 33 miles (53 kilometers) for Texas. And if the Trump administration will get the $5 billion it’s requested, DHS says it will construct 215 miles (346 kilometers) that it considers the “highest precedence,” embrace 159 miles (256 kilometers) in Texas.

Whether or not DHS acquired a “nice worth” on the 33 miles is up for debate. Twocontracts introduced by CBP to construct 14 of these miles (23 kilometers) complete $313 million, or roughly $22 million per mile ($14 million per kilometer).

There’s already 653 miles (1,051 kilometers) of border fence in place, constructed below the Safe Fence Act handed in 2006. CBP estimated in 2015 that the overall value to construct that mileage was $2.Three billion, or roughly $3.5 million a mile ($2.2 million per kilometer). A lot of these miles had been constructed with easier design or on simpler terrain than the place CBP needs to construct now.

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TRUMP, requested Tuesday who acquired the contracts: “Completely different folks. Extremely bid.”

THE FACTS: CBP introduced in November that Galveston, Texas-based firm SLSCO gained the 2 contracts with the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers for initiatives within the Rio Grande Valley. Contract notices posted on-line say that three bids had been solicited on-line and acquired for every contract. The U.S. Military Corps of Engineers is working with CBP to plan and construct the wall.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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