NEWS & ANALYSIS

Biden’s DHS Hints at Restarting Construction of Trump’s Border Wall


Amidst an explosive crisis at the southern border, Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security is considering restarting construction of Trump’s border wall. 

What an interesting turn of events. 

On his first day in office, Joe Biden signed an executive order halting all construction of the wall, just one of many efforts taken to dismantle every Trump administration success. 

But, it didn’t fare him well, as hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants are making their way into the country. 

During a talk with Immigration and Customs Enforcement staffers last week, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was asked about his future plans for the border wall. 

With Biden’s cancellation of Trump’s border emergency declaration, which stopped the cash flow from the Pentagon, “that leaves room to make decisions” in terms of closing “gaps in the wall,” Mayorkas said, per BizPacReview. 

According to notes taken during the session, Mayorkas said that Customs and Border Protection has a plan for what the agency would like done moving forward. 

“It’s not a single answer to a single question,” he said. “There are different projects that the chief of the Border Patrol has presented and the acting commissioner of CBP presented to me.” 

“The president has communicated quite clearly his decision that the emergency that triggered the devotion of DOD funds to the construction of the border wall is ended. But 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 added. 

Those areas include “gaps,” “gates” and places “where the wall has been completed but the technology has not been implemented.” 

It is clearer now than ever that the Biden administration is grasping at straws trying to ease the crisis they created, even if it means reinstating a Trump win like the wall.