Despite the Biden administration’s attempts to put a stop to it, the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall might not be over just yet.
The Washington Examiner reports that the materials that former President Donald Trump acquired to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall might still be put to use for that purpose.
President Joe Biden, upon taking office, was on a mission to undo all of former President Trump’s immigration policies. One of his first moves as president, in fact, came on January 20, 2021, when he signed an executive order stopping the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Trump, when he was still president, managed to obtain billions of dollars in funding to build this wall. And, a lot of money, by the time Biden took over, had already been put into the materials needed for construction.
Since Biden halted construction, these materials, unused, have just been sitting there in the states along the southern border where the wall was expected to be erected. Steel panels, cameras, lights, electrical wiring, and more just sitting there.
The Examiner, in its report, gave the example of Yuma, Arizona, where:
. . . just 5 miles of the 107 planned miles were fully completed before wall construction was halted. The other 102 miles did not have cameras, underground sensors, roads, gates in the wall, and lighting installed before Biden suspended projects. Those materials have been sitting out along the border since then . . . Fifty large spools of fiber optic cable dot the landscape, and another expanse of fence panels sits not too far away.
What to do with it all?
Biden has ordered the cleanup of all of the border wall construction sites, including these materials. And, it appears that these materials are now going to be offered up.
According to the Examiner, first to get the opportunity to grab some of these materials will be the military and federal agencies. But, after that, the materials will be offered up to states and local governments.
If this does happen, then it would be hard to believe that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) wouldn’t seize the opportunity. Abbott, over the summer, promised to continue building the Texas portion of the border wall that Biden halted.
With these materials, he could make some serious progress in this effort.
So, by some strange coincidence, the materials Trump procured could go to build the wall that he wanted to build after all.