Remember that “racist” and “too expensive” border wall President Joe Biden stopped during his first week in office? It may be back.
At least in part.
That’s the latest news on the border, as the Biden administration plans to fill in holes in the levee system along a 13.4-mile stretch of the border in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
The Biden administration will complete just the levee part in places where the wall was unfinished to complete the section in response to flooding fears from local citizens.
“In support of CBP’s border infrastructure program, USACE has resumed DHS-funded design & construction support on approx. 13.4 miles of levee in the Rio Grande Valley that were partially excavated or at various levels of construction when work on the wall was paused for review,” the Army Corps of Engineers said on Twitter.
In support of CBP’s border infrastructure program, USACE has resumed DHS-funded design & construction support on approx. 13.4 miles of levee in the Rio Grande Valley that were partially excavated or at various levels of construction when work on the wall was paused for review.
— USACE HQ (@USACEHQ) May 12, 2021
Border wall supporters argue the new wall update is an example that the full border wall is needed. Others argue the construction is in response to local needs and has little to do with stopping illegal immigration.
Immigration Nation and Frustration
Either way, Biden’s response to immigration has led to a flood of another sort. Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants have crossed the nation’s southern border during the president’s short time in office.
More than 171,000 illegal immigrants crossed the border in March alone. At the current pace, more than one million illegal immigrants will enter the nation before the end of 2021.
While a wall would offer one level of protection, there are growing concerns that the nation needs to at least enforce current immigration laws. Biden’s executive action to stop most deportations during the first 100 days he was in office has become the new immigration crisis of our time.
In addition, his administration has reinstated the Obama era catch and release policy. This move allows illegal immigrants to await an asylum hearing while in the U.S.
In contrast, former President Donald Trump enacted a stay in Mexico policy that forced most illegal immigrants to await in Mexico until their hearing.