The Biden administration may restart building some of the wall along the United States’ southern border though President Joe Biden’s pledge to cease construction of former President Donald Trump’s border wall.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has told colleagues that some construction might resume along the border wall to plug some “gaps,” The Washington Times reported on Monday.
Mayorkas said that while Biden had frozen Defense Department funding for the wall, “that leaves room to make decisions as the administration, as part of the administration, in particular areas of the wall that need renovation, particular projects that need to be finished.”
He said construction could resume in gaps, gates, and areas where the wall had been built but planned technology had not been installed, the report said.
Biden has pledged not to build “another foot of wall.” He halted all federal funding for the border wall on his first day in office and gave officials 60 days to determine how to proceed with Trump’s half-finished project.
White House says ‘limited’ wall construction is funded
The White House on Tuesday said that “limited” additional wall construction has been funded, despite an overall pause in construction.
“Wall construction remains paused to the extent permitted by law. So some has already been funded through congressional authorization and funding allocation,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
Psaki said Tuesday that federal agencies are “continuing to review wall contracts and develop a plan to submit to the president soon.”
“It is paused,” she said. “There is some limited construction that has been funded and allocated for, but it is otherwise paused.”
Approximately 450 miles of wall was constructed under the Trump administration, with officials saying about another 350 was funded.
Omar says it’s ‘shameful and unacceptable’ for Biden to ‘continue the construction’ of Trump border wall
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., put heat on the Biden administration Wednesday not to restart funding for the border wall.
“It’s shameful and unacceptable for @POTUS to continue the construction of Trump’s xenophobic and racist wall,” Omar wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Snopes posted: “The Biden administration had not reversed its opposition to the border wall, which had been a hallmark of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s presidency.”
It continued: “It is unclear which congressional actions, specifically, allocated the above-mentioned funding, and whether the “limited construction” includes extending the barrier or simply making updates to the existing structure.”
Fox News recently reported how migrants are exploiting holes in the wall to gain access to the interior of the U.S.
“It’s insane,” one agent in California told Fox News. “The project is ¾ done. At least, they should be allowed to tie together the primary fence. Otherwise, we’re trying to catch these people in the worst possible place. It’s just sucking our manpower.”