In a conversation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement staffers last week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas effectively acknowledged that former President Donald Trump’s border wall is successful.
As a result, construction will need to be restarted, at least in certain areas, in order to fill “gaps.”
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The remarks, which were first published by the Washington Times, are the first hint that everyone involved in Joe Biden’s immigration policies is aware that “mistakes were made.”
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas told Department of Homeland Security employees that he may restart border wall construction to fill in “gaps” in the current barrier.
Mr. Mayorkas was asked about his plans for the wall in a conversation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees last week, and he said that while President Biden has cancelled the border emergency and stopped Pentagon money flowing to the wall, “that leaves space to make decisions” on finishing some “gaps in the wall.”
According to notes from the ICE meeting obtained by The Washington Times, Mr. Mayorkas said that Customs and Border Protection, which is in charge of the wall, has submitted a proposal for what it needs to happen going forward.
“It isn’t a single answer to a single query. The acting commissioner of CBP and the director of the Border Patrol have also provided me with various projects,” the secretary said.
“The president has stated unequivocally that the emergency that prompted the use of DOD funds to build the border wall is no longer in effect. However, this leaves space for the government, or members of the administration, to make decisions in specific areas.
Mayorkas went on to state that “gaps,” “gates,” and areas “where the wall has been completed but the technology has not been implemented” are among the areas under consideration for a new wall.
The unexpected shift comes after Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office stopping Trump’s wall building after nearly 470 miles had been completed.
Since at least $5.5 billion of the $15.5 billion earmarked for 738 miles of border wall was approved by Congress, the General Accounting Office is reviewing Biden’s order to see if it broke any budget laws.
Customs and Border Protection officials revealed in January, just before the Trump administration left office, that an additional 300 miles of border wall construction will be funded, with the majority of it already under contract.
The administration of Vice President Joe Biden is also dealing with a huge influx of migrant families and children. In March, a record 19,000 unaccompanied minors arrived at the southwest border, according to the Daily Mail.
Republicans have chastised the Trump administration for repealing virtually all of Trump’s border security policies, which were widely regarded as effective.