The F-35 of Walls: $1.57 Billion Spent for Just 1.7 Miles of Fence on the U.S.-Mexico Border

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The F-35 of Walls: $1.57 Billion Spent for Just 1.7 Miles of Fence on the U.S.-Mexico Border

The F-35 Joint Strike Program may be the most expensive weapons program in modern military history, but it looks as though the new border wall is giving the beleaguered aircraft a run for its money.

On Tuesday, a government lawyer disclosed in a court filing to a federal judge in Oakland, California that Customs and Border Patrol personnel had only managed to erect 1.7 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico with the $1.57 billion Congress doled out for construction in 2018, Bloomberg News reports.

If accurate, the figures disclosed by the government would mean that each mile of fence costs $923 million, which absolutely does not jive with CBP's latest figure. From the Bloomberg News report:

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