Biden says new section of border wall his administration is building will not work

 October 9, 2023

In a startling turnaround, Reuters reported last week that the Biden administration will make use of funds allocated by Congress in 2019 to construct an additional 20 miles worth of border wall.

According to The Washington Times, President Joe Biden told reporters that he was forced by law to undertake the project despite not believing in it. 

Biden claims wall won't be effective

"The money was appropriated for the border wall. I tried to get them to reappropriate, to redirect that money. They didn’t. They wouldn’t," the Times quoted Biden as saying during a White House briefing on October 5.

"In the meantime, there’s nothing under the law other than they have to use the money for what it was appropriated for. I can’t stop that," the president insisted.

When asked by a reporter whether he thought additional wall construction would help stem the tide of illegal migration, Biden said he did not.

DHS secretary points to "immediate need" for "physical barriers"

However, those words seem to contradict arguments that  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas put forward in a Federal Registry notice.

He explained that "[t]here is presently an acute and immediate need to construct physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the border of the United States in order to prevent unlawful entries into the United States."

What's more, USA Today reported that 26 federal laws have been temporarily waived in order expedite the construction process.

The border wall announcement came as the White House is facing a backlash from blue cities over the ever growing numbers of illegal migrants who are arriving.

Biden and Harris both mocked wall building under Trump

Critics were quick to point out how Biden had campaigned against his predecessor's attempt at building a wall, slamming the effort as being "wasteful."

Vice President Kamala Harris also opposed wall construction under former President Donald Trump, mocking it as a "medieval vanity project."

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