In what would be a shocking policy reversal, President Joe Biden is considering finishing the wall that began construction during the Trump administration. With the flood of migrants seeking a better life in America, Biden found his presidency starting in the middle of a “crisis” – although he will not refer to it as such. As more migrants head to America from Guatemala and the number of unaccompanied minors seeking to cross the border continues to rise, Biden is compelled to “plug the gaps” left open in Trump’s wall to help control how many people cross the border every day.
Since the beginning of his presidency, border facilities have been inundated with migrants seeking to move to the United States. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it takes longer to process these migrants at the border, causing a backup that has resulted in thousands of people being housed at temporary border facilities. Due to the large number of migrants turning to America right now, Biden has been forced to process these border crossers very slowly, which has caused available facilities to fill up beyond capacity.
Now, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas confirmed, according to the Washington Post, that Biden’s administration may be forced to fill the “gaps” left in the wall that Trump began to build at the taxpayer expense. Biden famously signed an executive order on his first day as president to freeze taxpayer-funded Department of Defense accounts that were designed to fund construction for a border wall.
Under Trump, the border wall was begun but never finished. Because it left the border unprotected, Biden now may have to resume Trump’s initiative to plug gaps that were left wide open.
During a discussion with officials with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, Mayorkas said that Biden has “room to make decisions” on how he wants to finish filling the “gaps in the wall” left by Trump.
“It’s not a single answer to a single question. There are different projects that the chief of the Border Patrol has presented and the acting commissioner of CBP [Customs and Border Protection] presented to me,” Mayorkas said, according to notes of the ICE session reviewed by the Times. “The president has communicated quite clearly his decision that the emergency that triggered the devotion of DOD funds to the construction of the border wall is ended. But that leaves room to make decisions as the administration – as part of the administration – in particular areas of the wall that need renovation, particular projects that need to be finished.”
After Biden shut down spending on the wall during his first day as president, Chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, Roy Blunt criticized the leader of the Democratic Party. Congress had approved $1.4 billion in funding for the border wall as part of the $900 billion coronavirus relief package signed into law by Trump.
“He was in the Congress a long time,” Blunt said. “He knows it’s the Congress’ job to authorize how the money is spent and the president’s job to spend it efficiently.”
What do you think about Biden’s decision if he chooses to resume work on the wall?
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