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Trump will visit his border wall on the heels of deadly Capitol Hill riot

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President Donald Trump will bookend his administration's focus on immigration with a trip to his signature border wall on the US-Mexico border, a visit on the heels of a deadly riot on Capitol Hill incited by the President as House Democrats prepare a second impeachment vote.

Since January 2017, roughly $15 billion has been identified to construct around 738 miles of border wall through different funds, including those made available through Trump's declaration of a national emergency.

Customs and Border Protection said last week that it's pressing forward on awarding border wall contracts, including in areas where private land hasn't been acquired, an unusual move that will complicate Biden's pledge to halt construction.

As construction got underway, leadership at the Department of Homeland Security repeatedly rotated and those at the top were often in the position of placating the President's whims on the border wall, according to a former DHS official, who cited the push to paint the wall black and add spikes despite not having operational value.

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