Trump Administration Has Built Just 13 Percent of Border Wall, With Nearly 400 Miles to Go by End of 2020

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency touted its progress on bringing President Donald Trump's border wall vision to fruition over the weekend, boasting that it has so far seen more than 60 miles of the long-promised partition built since 2017.

"Construction crews continue work on the new border wall system," the CBP said in a tweet on Sunday, sharing drone footage of recently built border wall in San Luis, Arizona.

While the federal immigration agency appeared pleased with its progress, the 60-mile development represents just over 13 percent of the 450 miles of border wall Trump has vowed to see built by the end of 2020.

Construction crews continue work on the new border wall system along the SW border near San Luis, AZ. In partnership with @USACEHQ, CBP has constructed over 60 miles of new border wall system along the SW border since 2017 and expects to complete 450 miles by the end of 2020.

— CBP (@CBP) August 25, 2019

That means the CBP, which has been tasked with overseeing construction of the border wall with the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will have to build roughly 390 miles of border wall over the next 16 months if it wants to make good on one of the president's keystone campaign promises.

Of course, Trump's own rhetoric on the border wall project has shifted since he initially launched his 2016 election campaign, with the U.S. leader previously having vowed to see more than 1,000 miles of border wall built between the U.S. and Mexico.

At a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa on August 25, 2015, Trump said it would be "very easy" to see a 1,900-mile wall constructed along the southwest border.

By October 28, 2015, that number had fallen to 1,000 miles, with Trump asserting during a Republican presidential debate that given the "natural barriers" that exist along the border, the U.S. would only need a 1,000-mile wall to secure its southern border.

They built the Great Wall of China. That's 13,000 miles," Trump said at the time. "Here, we actually need 1,000 because we have natural barriers."

With the CBP having only received enough funding to support the construction of up to approximately 201 to 205 miles of new border barriers as of last month, it seems unlikely that Trump would ever be able to see 1,000 miles of border wall built, even if he were to win a second term in office in the upcoming 2020 election.

Further, as Axios noted on Sunday, the Trump administration's 60 miles of border wall has, so far, only been constructed to replace pre-existing barriers and fences, meaning the government has done little to extend security along the southern border.

While many among Trump's base would like to see the president's border wall promise fulfilled, the majority of Americans appear to believe their money could be better spent elsewhere. A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in January found 58 percent of Americans are against the president's plan to expand U.S. border barriers, compared with 40 percent who expressed support.

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President Donald Trump answers questions from the media before traveling to California to view prototypes of a proposed border wall on March 13, 2018. The Trump administration has completed 60 miles of its border wall project since 2017. Mark Wilson/Getty