Appeals court rules funding for Trump border wall construction ‘unlawful’

The Trump administration can’t use money that Congress appropriated for military projects to build the wall, the appeals court ruled.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/appeals-court-rules-funding-trump-border-wall-construction-unlawful-n1232287

-NBC News; 6/26/2020

Trump order to paint border wall black could drive up cost $500 million or more

The Post obtained a copy of painting estimates that federal contracting officials produced, and it shows costs ranging from $500 million for two coats of acrylic paint to more than $3 billion for a premium “powder coating” on the structure’s 30-foot steel bollards, the high end of the options the officials have identified.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/trump-border-wall-black-paint/2020/05/06/dbda8ae4-8eff-11ea-8df0-ee33c3f5b0d6_story.html

-Washington Post; 5/6/2020

Smugglers sawed into Trump’s border wall 18 times in one month in San Diego area, records show

Trump repeatedly touted the bollard fencing as impenetrable in rallies and speeches, until The Post reported that smugglers were climbing the 30-foot structure with improvised ladders and hacking at the bollards with “recip saws” and other commercially available power tools.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/sawing-trump-border-wall/2020/04/17/39df8926-8007-11ea-8de7-9fdff6d5d83e_story.html

-Washington Post; 4/17/2020