Former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott revealed on Tuesday that the Biden administration is paying contractors not to build a wall on the southern U.S. border and that “for a while, it was almost $5 million a day between DOD and DHS.”
In an exclusive interview with Fox News’s Bret Baier, Scott said that after Joe Biden assumed the White House, he issued a presidential proclamation that paused U.S. border projects for 60 days. Now more than 250 days since the inauguration and thanks to the Biden administration, Scott says many of those projects are still on hold despite contractors still being paid and having the materials to work on border security.
According to Scott, all that remains of former President Donald Trump’s border wall efforts are “stacks and stacks” of panels, “hundreds of miles of fiber-optic cabling,” and “hundreds of cameras” that are just “sitting there.”
“There’s no action being taken,” Scott explained. And despite Border Patrol telling the Biden White House in briefings that the border would suffer “unmitigable disaster” if Trump’s policies end, the Democrat administration’s position is simply, “We’re not building more wall.”
“There’s no conversation. There’s no adult dialogue, if you will. It’s just a black-and-white decision. The administration said we’re not doing it, so we’re not doing it,” Scott continued. “And that money is just trickling away to those contractors for not doing work each day.”
Former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott: Biden was paying $5 million a day "to not build the border wall." pic.twitter.com/W3K2F4005j
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Scott added that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is not acting against the crisis.
“He clearly understands and knows how to control the border and what needs to take place,” Scott said. “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.”
Just last month, large numbers of illegal aliens flooded the border waiting to be processed by the border agency. At one point, nearly 8,200 migrants were camped out at the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas — and the number continued to grow. Fox News’s Bill Melugin described the situation as “out of control,” and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to help shut down parts of the southern border.
Before Biden ousted him from his law enforcement role on the border, Scott witnessed people caught from 150 different countries coming through Mexico to try to reach the United States.
“There are huge sections of the U.S. border — you pick the state — we know we have thousands of people waiting to come across,” Scott said, blaming the administration’s soft approach and lack of initiative for the crisis. “There are hundreds of miles of border and there’s not a single border agent right now. Why? Because they’re in a soft-sided facility that we set up at another $5-6 million a month, to babysit, to process, and to expedite the process of these people.”
Amid the crisis, Scott said others in border security must be called to Congress so they can “speak the truth … as opposed to right now they just can’t.”