Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) on Tuesday announced a long-shot bill to preserve existing portions of former President Donald Trump’s wall on the U.S.-Mexico border by establishing it as a national monument.
The bill is called the “Donument Act,” and it would create a Southern Border Wall Monument out of roughly 289,920 acres along the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
The bill directs the monument to be completed within 3 years after “funds are made available… for the preparation of a general management plan.”
The bill from Cawthorn, a staunch Trump supporter who has branded himself as a right-wing firebrand, is unlikely to succeed, given that Democrats have a majority in the House and firmly oppose the border wall.
“I have built my staff around comms rather than legislation,” Cawthorn, the youngest member of Congress, said in an email to Republican colleagues in January obtained by TIME.
452. That’s how many miles of border wall were constructed under Trump, according to Customs and Border Patrol – though the bulk of that replaced already existing structures, while just 80 miles were wholly new barriers.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas reportedly said last week the White House may continue to construct the border wall to fill in “gaps” as the number of border crossings skyrockets.
The move comes as the GOP is engaged in a heated debate over Trump’s role in the party. He retains staunch loyalty among large factions in Congress, but some GOP senators balked at the harsh insults he reportedly hurled at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at a GOP donor retreat over the weekend.