It’s not easy to admit when you’re wrong, but when the country is on the line it’s impetrative that political games go by the wayside.
Joe Biden and the Democrats know the border crisis they created is not sustainable both politically and in regards to the raging pandemic, which some argue they wish to perpetuate.
Without border security Democrats understand they have no shot of securing any victory in any election ever, so the Biden administration has made small but impactful moves to return to some Trump-era policies.
Border security funding allocated by Congress will be used to close small gaps in the wall and pay for environmental and clean-up projects in areas affected by barrier construction during the Trump administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the closing of the gaps left open when construction was halted by the incoming Biden administration in January are needed to mitigate safety concerns.
Projects also include putting in drainage to prevent flooding, mitigating soil erosion, finishing roads used by Border Patrol agents, demobilizing construction and equipment storage sites, and getting rid of unused materials.
The projects, which are to start next year, are part of a broader Biden administration plan to wind down the Trump border wall construction effort, which was one of the most expensive federal infrastructure projects in American history.
The work will be carried out in the U.S. Border Patrol’s San Diego, El Centro, Yuma, Tucson, El Paso, and Del Rio sectors.
DHS said it will also add “missing gates” and connect “power to gates that are already hung but are currently inoperable.” Border Patrol agents use the emergency rescue gates to save migrants stranded in irrigation canals.
Since inauguration, the Biden administration has been returning billions of unused Pentagon funds after the president ordered a halt to construction of the border wall.
But Congress has also allocated $6 billion for border barrier construction between fiscal years 2018 and 2021. The administration has urged Congress to cancel the unused funds “and instead fund smarter border security measures that are proven to be more effective at improving safety and security at the border,”
But DHS has said that in the meantime it will use the money to “address urgent life, safety, and environmental issues resulting from the previous Administration’s wall construction.”
Call it what you want, but the Biden administration just proved Trump right.
Author: Sebastian Hayworth