There is no question that President Joe Biden, with regard to border security and immigration policies, has steadily worked to reverse or undo what was accomplished or implemented under his predecessor, former President Donald Trump.
That would include the cancelation of federal contracts for the construction of portions of the border wall, such as a roughly 31-mile stretch near Laredo, Texas that Biden’s administration claims is unnecessary, Breitbart reported.
Never mind the fact that those contracts were paid for with funds expressly appropriated by Congress for border wall construction, or that illicit cross-border incursions and illegal immigration along the southwest border are at historic highs.
In a Friday press release, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it had canceled two contracts to build border barriers in the Laredo Sector. Those two contracts were for construction projects that had not yet been started, nor any land acquired if necessary, that would have resulted in the new border barrier system being erected along a combined 31-mile stretch of the border.
DHS stated that it had determined that projects were “not necessary to address any life, safety, environmental, or other remediation requirements, as described in the DHS Border Wall Plan implementing President Biden’s Proclamation.”
“DHS continues to review all other paused border barrier projects and is in the process of determining which projects may be necessary to address life, safety, environmental, or other remediation requirements and where to conduct environmental planning,” the release stated.
The release concluded, “The Administration also continues to call on Congress to cancel remaining border wall funding and instead fund smarter border security measures, like border technology and modernization of land ports of entry, that are proven to be more effective at improving safety and security at the border.”
According to the DHS release, the scuttled projects near Laredo represented the first two contracts canceled under the referenced departmental Border Wall Plan, which was issued in June.
The plan called for the cancelation of border barrier projects and the redirection of unobligated funds that were previously diverted toward border wall construction. It did note, however, that DHS was “legally required” to spend congressionally appropriated funds on its designated purpose, albeit with some leeway in doing so.
Indeed, rather than continue to build border barriers with the designated funds, DHS was instead using the obligated money to repair breaches in levee systems, remediate soil erosion, and mitigate other environmental damage from heavy construction equipment that had occurred in areas where the new barrier system had already been built.
All part of Biden’s plan
That DHS plan, as well as the contract cancelations, all stem from an executive order issued by President Biden on his first day in office that had ended the “national emergency” at the border declared by Trump, while placing a “pause” on all ongoing or planned border wall construction projects.
This is just the latest example of Biden’s concerted effort to essentially do the exact opposite of his predecessor in terms of securing the southern U.S. border against criminal incursions by traffickers and illegal immigration.