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The Texas Tribune-ProPublica Investigative Unit

Records show Trump’s border wall is costing taxpayers billions more than initial contracts

As the presidential election nears, a review of federal spending data found modifications to contracts have increased the price of the border wall by billions, costing about five times more per mile than it did under previous administrations.

From left, the existing border wall, and to the right, segments of the first border wall construction in Texas since Preside…
A section of Trump’s border wall under construction near Mission in June.

“Spiraling costs”

A track record of violations

Segments of the first border wall construction in Texas since President Trump took office near Donna in 2019.

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