Joe Biden has reversed course after halting construction of former President Donald Trump’s border wall and will now resume construction of a lengthy section of wall in Texas.
“Fox News has confirmed via the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that construction on a 13.4 mile stretch of border wall in the Rio Grande Valley will *RESUME* after pressure from local residents & politicians,” Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin wrote on Twitter. “The Biden admin previously halted all wall construction in Jan.”
Meanwhile, a report by CNN last month said that the U.S. is on track to see 2 million migrants on the southern border this year, which is more than the populations of Wyoming, Vermont, and Alaska — combined.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection data published Tuesday showed that immigration arrests and detentions on the U.S.-Mexico border shot up in April to 178,622, a 3% increase from March, the highest in the history of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Former Trump administration officials and immigration officials slammed the extremely high number as being disastrous for the country.
“From day one, the Biden administration has pursued policies that have fueled this crisis, despite receiving dozens of briefings during the transition from myself and other professionals at the Department of Homeland Security warning them of the consequences of doing so,” Former Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said. “The administration has reversed sound immigration policies like the Migrant Protection Protocols, asylum cooperative agreements with Northern Triangle countries, and construction of the border wall system.”
“These actions will continue to have immense costs not just for our law enforcement, but for working Americans and our communities, as well,” Wolf added. “Until this administration applies a consequence for coming here illegally, these numbers are going to remain at crisis levels. Make no mistake: this is not just a humanitarian crisis on our border – it is a security crisis that is giving drug cartels and human smugglers a historic opportunity to expand their operations in the Western Hemisphere.”
The Government Accountability Office launched an investigation into the Biden administration in March to determine whether it “broke the law by freezing the money in violation of budget rules designed to keep Congress in control of the cash flow,” Politico reported. “The probe highlights the challenge presidents have historically faced in fulfilling campaign promises that require money to be spent — or suspended — at odds with Congress’ intent.”
Arizona AG calls for Kamala Harris to be removed from border role
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is calling for Vice President Kamala Harris to be replaced in her role to end the crisis at the southern border – a day after Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the number of migrant encounters had again risen.
“Like many Americans, I was encouraged by your March 24th appointment of Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the efforts to stem the tidal wave of illegal migration into our country,” Brnovich said in a letter to President Biden. “However, to date, her response to the border crisis has been absolutely abysmal, so I am requesting that she be replaced as your ‘border czar.’”
Harris and the Biden administration have emphasized the “root causes” of the crisis, like poverty, climate and violence in Central America.
“We want to help people find hope at home,” Harris said earlier this month. “So we are focused on addressing both the acute factors and the root causes of migration.”
But Brnovich, who previously invited Harris to the border, says that the new April numbers show that “things are getting worse and we do not yet know the full extent of dangerous people and drugs crossing into our communities.”
“I conclude by respectfully requesting that Vice President Harris be replaced as America’s “border czar” with a federal official who is willing to see the crisis firsthand and to work with state partners to address it,” Brnovich wrote, also requesting new policies to increase transparency with Congress and the media.