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U.S. Wall Funding of $1.57 Billion Yields 1.7 Miles of Fence

Bloomberg logo Bloomberg 5/22/2019 Edvard Pettersson
a train that is sitting in front of a fence: EL PASO, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 23: An incomplete section of border fencing as seen from the Texas side during Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan's tour of the US-Mexico border February 23, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. Shanahan will visit troops on the border and sites where the Department of Homeland Security has requested Pentagon assistance to combat drug smuggling. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais - Pool /Getty Images) © Photographer: Pool/Getty Images North America EL PASO, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 23: An incomplete section of border fencing as seen from the Texas side during Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan's tour of the US-Mexico border February 23, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. Shanahan will visit troops on the border and sites where the Department of Homeland Security has requested Pentagon assistance to combat drug smuggling. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais - Pool /Getty Images)

(Bloomberg) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection has put up just 1.7 miles of fencing with the $1.57 billion that Congress appropriated last year for President Donald Trump’s wall along the Mexican border, a federal judge was told.

A lawyer for the U.S. House of Representatives provided the information Tuesday to the judge in Oakland, California, who is weighing requests from 20 state attorneys general and the the Sierra Club to block Trump from using funds not authorized by Congress to build the wall.

"The administration recently provided updated information to Congress on the status of its efforts as of April 30, 2019," the attorney, Douglas Letter, said in a court filing. "Based on that updated information, it appears that CBP has now constructed 1.7 miles of fencing with its fiscal year 2018 funding."

That was 3/4 of a mile more than the administration reported at the end of February, Letter said.

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam had asked for the information at a May 17 hearing.

A Customs and Border Protection official said the agency can’t comment on pending litigation.

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