Who needs safety? Joe Biden stops wall construction, ends anti-fraud border program

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WASHINGTON D.C.- Recently, Law Enforcement Today reported that 450 miles of the border wall between the United States and Mexico had been completed, and 350 additional miles were approved. 

The wall, which has had great success in keeping illegal immigrants from freely crossing the border into the United States, is now one of President Biden’s first things to terminate.

This week, President Joe Biden signed several executive orders, one of which stated that the construction of the border wall is to be stopped, claiming it “is not a serious policy solution” and that it “is a waste of money”.

Additionally, that executive order also suspends an anti-fraud initiative put in place by former President Trump, that has essentially helped eliminate the Catch and Release program. 

Furthermore, the order ended the National Emergency that President Trump had put in place at the southern border, reading:

“I have determined that the declaration of a national emergency at our southern border in Proclamation 9844 of February 15, 2019 (Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States), was unwarranted. It shall be the policy of my Administration that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall.”

The question of whether the existing wall would be torn down or left up went unanswered by Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas during a confirmation hearing this week.

Most significantly, as promised, Biden has suspended the legal wall erected by Trump known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy that drastically cut asylum fraud and ensured border crossers were not released into the interior of the U.S., Breitbart reported.

With the announcement of the “Remain in Mexico” suspension, the Department of Homeland Security stated that the thousands of migrants still in the program must stay in Mexico, but moving forward, no migrants will be forced to return there while awaiting asylum.

The Department of Homeland Security statement reads:

“The Department will cease adding individuals into the program,” 

It goes on to say:

“However, current COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] non-essential travel restrictions, both at the border and in the region, remain in place at this time. All current MPP [Migrant Protection Protocols] participants should remain where they are, pending further official information from U.S. government officials.”

According to Breitbart, Biden’s actions to relax border controls and interior immigration enforcement comes just as thousands of migrants in a caravan from Central America are headed to the U.S.-Mexico border. Likewise, illegal immigration levels have already started ticking up over the last three months.

As if the changes that now President Biden has made, essentially creating an open door policy for illegal aliens to enter America is not bad enough, he has also decided that the ones who are already here should stay, at least for now, when he halted most deportations of illegal immigrants for at least 100 days. 

This is well known by those headed to the border, and intend on taking full advantage of Biden’s new “open door”. 

A caravan migrant told CNN:

“Biden, he’s going to help all of us,”

The migrant continued:

“He’s given us 100 days to get to the U.S. and give us legal [unintelligible] paper so we can get a better life for our kids and family.”

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CBP: Huge decrease in illegal border crossings, drug and human smuggling in sections with new border wall

January 1, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan recently tweeted a series of videos highlighting new sections of border walls. Morgan also shared that with the completion of these new sections of the wall, there has been a significant decrease in drug and human smuggling.

In a tweet on December 31, 2020, Morgan wrote:

“New border wall construction in Texas improves Border Patrol’s ability to slow, stop, and/or contain attempted illegal cross border activity. In one section in RGV that had no border infrastructure, apprehensions have declined by 79%”

He aslo tweeted:

“With more than 200 miles of border wall system in Arizona, Border Patrol agents are better positioned to stop illegal activity. In Yuma Sector, illegal entries plummeted over 87% in FY20 compared to FY19.”

Morgan added that the new wall sections impede and deny illegal border crossings, disrupts drug and human smuggling, and prevents gang members and criminals from gaining a foothold in border communities. 

He said that they are closing in on their goal of 450 completed miles by the end of the year 2020. On December 30, 2020, San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke tweeted:

“In May of 2020, 14.8 miles of Border Wall project began in the east county of #SanDiego. Today the final panel was installed near #Tecate.”

Back at the end of October 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) put out a press release on the success and significance of the Border Wall System. The statement said, in part:

“Deploying the wall system in high priority areas, particularly urban areas where illegal border crossers can quickly vanish into the surrounding community, allows the USBP to decide where border crossings take place, not smugglers, and the USBP can deploy personnel and technology in complement to the border barrier.”

The border wall system includes a combination of different types of infrastructure such as internally hardened steel-bollard barriers from 18′ to 30′ high, new and improved all-weather access roads, perimeter lighting, enforcement cameras, and other related technology.

According to the CBP:

“The border wall system deploys the right mix of personnel, technology, and infrastructure to meet the challenges of a dynamic border threat environment and ultimately achieve operational control of the border.”

The border wall system has already been effective at disrupting criminals and smugglers. Illegal drug, border crossings, and human smuggling activities have decreased in areas where the barriers have been deployed. Below are a few of those examples:

San Diego Sector- In one short 12 mile section of the San Diego Sector, the wall reduced CBP manpower requirements by 150 agents every 24 hours. This is approximately a $28 million return on investment per year in salaries and benefits. These agents were redeployed to fill resource gaps in other areas of the border, further improving security;

Yuma Sector- Illegal entries in areas with new border wall system plummeted over 87% in FY20 compared to FY19. In FY19, CBP deployed a temporary barrier, which it has replaced with a permanent system, at the Sanchez Canal, which resulted in illegal entries decreasing in that area by more than 1,000 per month;

RGV Sector- In a section of RGV (Zone 1) apprehensions have decreased since the construction of the border wall system. This is a location that has never had any border infrastructure. CBP has seen 79% decrease in apprehensions in this area since the completion of the border wall system. CBP has seen a 26% decrease in narcotics seizures since the completion of the border all system in this area and;

El Paso Sector- Has experienced a significant reduction in drug and smuggling activities in areas where the new border wall system was built. Most notably, in Zones 14 and 15 of the Santa Teresa (STN) AOR where apprehensions have decreased by 60% and 81% respectively when comparing the last half of fiscal year FY20 to the first half of FY20.

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