The Department of Homeland Security awarded a $456,548 contract in September to build a security fence around President Joe Biden’s Delaware beach house.
Construction on the fence has not yet begun, but the project is supposed to be finished by the end of the year, according to the Cape Gazette.
Biden has visited the property twice so far during his presidency. During the first visit, the Secret Service and local police set up a security checkpoint and closed a nearby pond. The Federal Aviation Administration also issued temporary flight restrictions.
For his second visit, the Coast Guard created security zones in the Lewes–Rehoboth Canal and the Atlantic Ocean.
County tax records show Biden paid $2.7 million for the property in the summer of 2017.
Critics pointed out that the Biden administration has no problem constructing a security barrier—except if it’s along the southern border. As one of his first acts as president, Biden signed an executive order suspending all construction of the southern border wall despite the massive influx of migrants seeking access to the U.S.
Last week, Texas and Missouri sued Biden to restart border wall construction, alleging his refusal to secure the border has turned into a national security crisis. The states also argued that Biden has violated his oath of office by refusing to use all of the funds appropriated by Congress for the border wall.
“The President had neither constitutional nor statutory authority to refuse to spend funds Congress authorized mandating the construction of the border wall,” the lawsuit says.
“Thus DHS acted without any authority to implement the January 20 Proclamation, including cancelling contracts entered into for the purpose of building the border wall,” it adds.
Texas has separately vowed to build its own border wall if Biden continues to refuse to take action. The state has raised millions of dollars from private donors for the wall, and Gov. Greg Abbott says he expects the state to award a contract for the wall’s construction soon.