SOUTHERN BORDER, USA- One of the first items on the agenda – should he actually achieve the presidency – for Biden is putting a halt to the border wall that has been successful in stemming the tide of illegal aliens entering the country, according to The Seattle Times citing a report by The Dallas Morning News.
The project estimated to costs about $15 billion has resulted in around 450 miles of wall being built on our southern border.
Biden said during the campaign that he is going to kill the project, however he does plan to leave what President Trump has built in place, despite demands from some of the far-left loons to actually dismantle it.
The administration has overseen about 400 miles of levee wall and 30-foot-tall bollard fencing, with much of that having non-functional barriers prior to President Trump taking office.
Of the remaining wall, it replaced shorter or less sturdy fencing, or a second barrier layer which is meant to slow down migrants and smugglers down so that Customs and Border Patrol can arrive to send them back from whence they came.
According to Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), the election was a referendum on the wall, even though Texas voted for President Trump, and Arizona is still being contested.
“It was a referendum on the wall,” said Cuellar, who has attempted to block Trump’s attempts to fund the wall as part of his position on the House Appropriations Committee.
The president was able to get some funding for the wall be redirecting money from the defense budget.
The president along with his supporters supported building the wall as a means to deter human trafficking and drug smuggling across the border, as well as to prevent illegal aliens from crossing into the United States and overwhelming our healthcare and welfare systems.
While the Morning News claimed that the wall was an affront to Latinos, President Trump actually did very well among the Hispanic community in the presidential election.
Biden has promised, if he actually gets the presidential nod, to basically make the border a free-for-all, promising to overturn most of the sharp curbs on admission of immigrants.
Cuellar claims that the wall wasn’t a priority for congressional Republicans prior to President Trump, and he doesn’t believe it will be when and if the president is gone (hopefully January 2025).
“The wall came up after Trump came in. I think they will lose their appetite to fight for the wall,” he said.
Around a week prior to this month’s election, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf promised that by the end of the year, 450 miles of border wall will have been completed.
“The many miles of border wall system exists because of the will and vision of President Trump and the dedication and hard work of the men and women of DHS, the Army Corps of Engineers, and our colleagues from across the administration,” Wolf said while in McAllen, Texas to commemorate the completion of 400 miles of wall.
“While this is an important milestone, we are building even more wall.”
Wolf noted that an additional 210 miles are currently under construction. At that current pace, contractors would be able to complete a total of 470 miles by January 20th.
Advocates complain that while the progress so far is a good first step, it is not enough, although they concede that if Biden ends up stealing the election, there is no hope that progress will continue under Biden, who will cave to the radical elements of the Democratic party.
Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform said the group wants the wall “completed to the greatest extent possible”—in other words, other than where either mountains or canyons make it unnecessary.
“The border wall is not the answer to stopping illegal immigration, but it’s an important component in an overall strategy to stop large-scale illegal immigration,” he said.
“If you’re going to leave large sections of the border, without any kind of security, secure fencing, people are going to make the obvious choice to come in through those areas.”
Currently, around 34% of the 1,954-mile border has a wall. The wall has utilized 556,000 tons of steel, as well as 797,000 cubic yards of concrete, the Times said.
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Biden’s plans for border “security” would focus at improving screening at ports of entry, which is where they claim most illegal drugs enter the United States. He has also promised to increase surveillance technology investments and would also work with Mexico and Central American countries.
“We’ve got to make sure that we don’t give an impression that we have open borders,” Cuellar said, apparently with a serious face.
“The criminal organizations, they hire people, they know what our policies are. We don’t want them to go and advertise that there’s no wall so start coming into the US, and then we start seeing caravans again. It’s a balance.”
For liberals, those people are typically known as coyotes.
According to estimates, of the $15 billion spent thus far on the wall, Congress only appropriated $4.5 billion. The rest was gathered by taking money from other accounts, such as the Army Corps of Engineers, which is charged with overseeing the project, as well as military construction projects on military installations.
While taking money from the defense budget didn’t set well with Democrats as well as some Republicans, it did accomplish what President Trump set out to…securing our border.
“One of the easiest actions for […] Biden to take right away will be to end the emergency declaration, which he can do immediately through a presidential proclamation,” said Jessica Bolter, a policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute. Any unspent moneys could be returned to the Pentagon.
While a potential Biden administration may try to stop construction of the wall, it is possible that the Trump administration has put in place some land mines which will make it difficult to stop the project.
Some immigration advocates have complained that President Trump’s alleged “singular focus” on wall construction has come at the expense of what they call other priorities.
Jason Marczak, director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center said there is an “extreme need” to put back in place a system that allows people with so-called “legitimate” asylum claims into the United States, while allegedly acting as a deterrent for those attempting to enter without authorization.
“Security at the border goes far beyond a wall,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how big a wall is when people have no other choice but to migrate because of security challenges in their own country or because of the economic devastation of COVID-19. They will migrate.”
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