Yes, according to Bloomberg News, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has put up just 1.7 miles of fencing with the $1.57 billion that Congress appropriated for Trump’s wall along the Mexican border.
A lawyer for the U.S. House of Representatives provided the information Tuesday to a judge in Oakland, California, who is weighing requests from 20 state attorneys general and the Sierra Club to block Trump from using funds not authorized by Congress to build the wall.
Attorney, Douglas Letter, said in a court filing,
“The administration recently provided updated information to Congress on the status of its efforts as of April 30, 2019. Based on that updated information, it appears that CBP has now constructed 1.7 miles of fencing with its fiscal year 2018 funding.”
This was 3/4 of a mile more than the administration reported at the end of February, Letter said. U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam asked for the information at a May 17 hearing.
When asked, a Customs and Border Protection official said the agency can’t comment on pending litigation.
From today’s hearing: ACLU pressed for a broad preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks border wall construction that draws on military funds. Judge Gilliam called for some additional declarations by Wednesday that show possible harm from new wall projects.— Ted Hesson (@tedhesson) May 17, 2019
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