Trump’s Border Wall: How Much Was Actually Built? An In-Depth Look
During his presidency, Donald Trump made constructing a border wall between the United States and Mexico a key priority. However, the amount of border wall that was actually built during his tenure is a matter of debate and depends on the specific metrics used to evaluate it.
According to official reports from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as of January 2021, approximately 452 miles of new border wall system were constructed. This includes both primary and secondary barriers, replacing outdated barriers, and adding infrastructure where none previously existed. It’s important to note that this figure represents a combination of new wall construction, replacement of existing barriers, and other infrastructure improvements. All very much needed.
It’s worth mentioning that a significant portion of the constructed barriers replaced or reinforced existing infrastructure rather than being entirely new. In some cases, they were upgrades to existing fencing or vehicle barriers rather than a continuous physical wall. Additionally, certain sections of the wall were constructed in areas that previously had no physical barriers.
It’s essential to acknowledge that the construction of the border wall faced legal challenges, funding constraints, and logistical issues, which affected the progress and scope of the project. Ultimately, due to those setbacks, the completion of the border wall was not achieved during Trump’s presidency, and the construction efforts were paused after President Joe Biden took office in January 2021.
During his presidency, Donald Trump promised to construct a substantial border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. While the initial promise was to build a wall spanning the entire length of approximately 1,900 miles, the actual progress fell short of this ambitious goal.
Here is a breakdown of the promised versus realized construction:
- Promised Length: Trump initially proposed a border wall spanning the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border, estimated to be around 1,900 miles.
- New Construction: Approximately 452 miles of new border wall system were constructed during Trump’s presidency. This includes primary and secondary barriers, replacing outdated barriers, and adding infrastructure where none previously existed.
- Replacement and Reinforcement: A significant portion of the constructed barriers involved replacing or reinforcing existing infrastructure. This included upgrading existing fencing or vehicle barriers to more robust structures.
- Funding and Legal Challenges: The progress of the border wall faced various challenges, including legal obstacles and funding limitations. These factors influenced the scope and pace of construction.
- Construction Paused: After President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, the construction efforts were halted, and further plans for the border wall have been discontinued. They continued in 2022.
452 miles (727 km) in total, according to the latest US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) information.
80 miles of new barriers have been built where there were none before – that includes 47 miles of primary wall, and 33 miles of secondary wall built to reinforce the initial barrier.
The vast majority of the 452 miles is replacing existing structures at the border that had been built by previous US administrations.
While Trump’s administration made progress in constructing a portion of the promised border wall, it fell considerably short of the initially proposed length of 1,900 miles.