MISC I DEERS

One Expensive Instrument

Tucson's last regular source for solid news about immigration and the border, The Arizona Daily Star, reported today that the border wall averaged $3.9 million per mile. Now that is one expensive instrument folks. I wonder what else could have been done with all that money... "The 140 miles of pedestrian fencing put up under the Secure Border Initiative prior to Oct. 31 of last year cost an average of $3.9 million per mile with costs ranging from $400,000 to $15.1 million a mile, a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday found." "That per-mile average is more than the $3 million estimated by the Congressional Budget Office in August 2006 and much more than the $2.2 million estimated by the Senate used during the immigration reform debate that same year." "Even the highest estimate at the time, $3.2 million per mile from U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., ended up being too low. " --- Arizona Daily Star, Brady McCombs 1/30/09