Border security contractors paid $5 million by Biden administration to do nothing

by mcardinal

Chris Lange, FISM News


The Biden administration paid contractors overseeing construction of the border wall $5 million to remain “idle,” according to the president’s former Border Security Chief Rodney Scott.

Scott made the shocking revelation this week on Fox News’ “Special Report.” During an interview with host Brett Baier, he said that “stacks and stacks” of materials intended for the construction of a wall along the U.S. southern border under President Trump lay unused and abandoned by the current administration, including wall panels, cameras, and “hundreds of miles of fiber optic cabling.” Meanwhile, contractors, forced to sit idle, continue to be paid with U.S. tax dollars while the border crisis looms.

“Many of those projects today are just still on hold, so we’re paying contractors. For a while, it was almost five million a day between DoD and DHS to not build the border wall,” he said. 

Scott also stated that Border Patrol officials gave the Biden administration a clear warning that ending Trump’s border security policies would lead to “unmitigable disaster.”

We made it very clear that, if we dropped all of the initiatives that have been put in place over the last several years, we would get an influx of mass migration that we would not be able to control.

Scott also took aim at Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for deliberately refusing to take even the most basic steps to protect American citizens from the influx of hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, few of whom are tested for COVID-19, while alarming reports of human trafficking and massive quantities of illegal drugs being smuggled into the U.S. have soared.

“He clearly understands and knows how to control the border and what needs to take place. It was very clear there are people involved in this process that have been involved before, and they’re choosing not to take simple, commonsense steps to secure the border,” he said.

Scott was forced out of his position as Border Security Chief in July, when the Biden administration presented him with the choice to either resign or retire. No reason was given for the request.

Having worked under both the Trump and Biden administrations, Scott praised the former Commander in Chief for “actually trying to control the border,” and for his understanding that strong border policies are vital to national security.  

According to Scott, the Biden administration has sent a clear message of tacit approval for illegal immigrants to come into the U.S. He also discussed the strain on border security and law enforcement personnel left to deal with the fallout of the president’s weak border policy, stating that, “instead of having a couple of hundred encounters a day, we quickly went up to about 6,000 encounters a day.” 

Scott blasted the White House and Democratic leadership for unfairly criticizing Del Rio, Texas border patrol agents for their efforts to hold back tens of thousands of mostly-Haitian migrants from illegally crossing the border last month. “[A]ll of a sudden, our horse patrol doing what they’re supposed to do, which is prevent people from illegally entering our home, are now the villains,” he said. “Border security protects legal immigration, and those guys know it, and that’s what they’ve been doing.”