Biden construction of San Diego border fence draws criticism

President Joe Biden has long been a critic of his predecessor’s border polices, with NPR noting how he promised during the 2020 campaign that “not be another foot of wall” would be built under his administration.

Yet in what seems to be victory for former President Donald Trump, the administration is going ahead with plans to replace a controversial section of border fence in California. 

Report: New fence will not include a pedestrian gate

According to San Diego’s KPBS, the new fence will run through an area that straddles the border known as Friendship Park and will not include a pedestrian gate.

That news brought condemnation from some local residents, including Rev. John Fanestil, who leads the nearby Border Church.

“We believe that the Biden administration should not be putting the finishing touches on Donald Trump’s border wall at Friendship Park,” Fanestil was quoted as telling KPBS.

“This latest announcement really amounts to the complete desecration of this historic location,” Fanestil went on to assert.

“The park, a binational spot between San Diego and Tijuana, represents the western-most point of the U.S. along the border with Mexico.

“It has been the only place along the southern border where people in the U.S. could see and even touch relatives in Mexico,” the report stated.

KPBS noted that access to Friendship Park was first blocked by Customs and Border Protection in February of 2020 following heavy rains and the area remained closed throughout the COVID pandemic.

Texas governor using state money to build wall

San Diego is not the only place where border barriers are going up, as Fox News reported in October that Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott had authorized the use of state funds to construct a wall along the Rio Grande.

“Texas is stepping up and we are building our own border wall. That process has already begun,” Abbott said during an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

“We are in the process of getting bids on it and I am told to expect part of the Texas wall to be completed before the end of this calendar year,” he continued.

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