A project this big can’t be allowed to run in secret
President Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is on track to be one of the largest, most expensive, and least accountable public construction projects ever undertaken in the United States.
With tens of billions of taxpayer dollars at stake, the American people have a right to know where our money is going, how much the wall will really cost, and whether special deals are being handed out to the president’s friends and supporters.
American Oversight is holding the Trump administration accountable because Congress won’t—and we’re demanding answers about the wall.
We will analyze the facts, break down the numbers, and review internal government documents—and then report on our investigation here and on AmericanOversight.org.
We need answers
WHO’S WATCHING OUT FOR THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER?
IS THE GOVERNMENT FOLLOWING THE RULES?
ARE PRESIDENT TRUMP OR OTHER POLITICIANS INTERFERING WITH THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS TO FAVOR CERTAIN COMPANIES?
HOW MUCH IS THE WALL ACTUALLY GOING TO COST AND WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR IT?
WHEN DOES THE GOVERNMENT PLAN TO START (AND FINISH) THE WALL?
ARE FAMILIES AND LANDOWNERS BEING BULLIED TO GIVE UP THEIR LAND TO MAKE WAY FOR THE WALL?
WHAT IMPACT WOULD A WALL REALLY HAVE ON BORDER SECURITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT?
How is the government addressing concerns from the Tohono O'odham Nation - which doesn't want a border wall built through its land?
Follow the investigation
American Oversight is committed to uncovering the facts about the wall—and we’ve already started filing requests for government records under the Freedom of Information Act.
On April 25, 2017, amid news reports that the Trump administration was threatening a government shutdown if Congress did not agree to have American taxpayers fund the border wall, we filed a FOIA request to find out what the White House was really saying to Congress behind closed doors.
“Officials ‘cannot measure the contribution of fencing to border security operations.’ No one has figured out how to do it. Money is one reason, but it’s also very hard.”
"President Donald Trump’s 'wall' along the U.S.-Mexico border would be a series of fences and walls that would cost as much as $21.6 billion, and take more than three years to construct, based on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security internal report seen by Reuters on Thursday."