President Joe Biden is looking to put an end to the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Upon taking office, Biden paused the construction on the wall, which was begun under former President Donald Trump. Now, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it will be taking steps to have all border wall projects permanently terminated.
The DHS released a statement on Friday stating its plans, which include using some of the funds already appropriated to conduct “additional biological, cultural, and natural resource surveys for project areas where no data have been previously collected.”
But, the agency stressed that “these activities will not involve any construction of new border barrier or permanent land acquisition.”
The DHS is calling upon Congress to cancel the remaining funds appropriated under the Trump administration for the border wall. Unless Congress does so, the Biden administration is forced to use these funds for their purpose.
The DHS is also asking Congress to consider putting money toward “smarter border security measures,” including advanced technology and the modernization of land ports of entry.
This comes right after the close of Fiscal Year 2021, which is expected to be one of the worst years on record for illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, although the final numbers have yet to be released. And, from what we are already seeing, Fiscal Year 2022 might be even worse.
President Biden, critics argue, is largely responsible for the crisis as, upon entering office, he canceled many of Trump’s immigration policies, giving illegal immigrants the green light. The cancellation of the border wall is just one of many examples.
“A significant issue”
This past week, top officials in the Biden administration met with officials in Mexico. Among the topics discussed was the southern border crisis.
Ken Salazar, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, following the meeting said that the southern border crisis “is a very significant issue for both countries; it is a very significant issue for the western hemisphere.”
Salazar added that Secretary Antony Blinken “is very committed to working on developing a regional solution, and it has to be one that is led both by the United States and Mexico.”
If it sounds like empty rhetoric, that’s because it likely is. Trump showed how to secure the southern border. The current administration has just been beating around the bush, making it clear that Biden is perfectly okay with the open southern border and the crisis that has resulted from it.