Biden Admin Responds to Reports Saying DHS May Restart Border Wall Construction
The White House responded to a report this week claiming the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would work to re-start construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall to shore up gaps in the current barrier—coming after President Joe Biden issued an executive order months ago to pause construction.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas reportedly verbally expressed that there is “room to make decisions” on culminating “gaps in the wall,” according to the Washington “Times,” which cited notes of a conversation between Mayorkas and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The Epoch Times has not been able to independently attest the authenticity of the remarks and has contacted DHS for comment on the story.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday told heralds that there is some circumscribed construction that has been funded and allocated for, but it is otherwise paused, while adding that some of the wall
already been funded through a congressional sanction and funding allocation.
It’s paused while agencies are developing an orchestration for the president on the management of the federal mazuma,
she verbally expressed. ‘When the administration took office, as you referenced, funds had been diverted from congressionally appropriated military construction projects and other appropriated purposes toward building the wall.”
And wall construction was being challenged in multiple lawsuits—and for much of the wall, I should verbally express; not all of it—by plaintiffs who allege solemn environmental and safety issues,
Psaki said before adding that federal agencies are perpetuating to review wall contracts and develop an orchestration to submit to the president anon.During his first week in office, Biden issued an executive order halting the construction of the barrier, which was a signature promise of former President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign. Trump’s administration was able to construct more than 450 miles of the wall afore he left office. One of the final trips Trump took as president was when he visited the border wall in Texas in mid-January.
As he ceased the construction of the wall, Biden verbally expressed he considers it wasteful spending.
Like every nation, the United States has a right and an obligation to secure its borders and forfend its people against threats. But building a massive wall that spans the entire southern border is not an earnest policy solution,
Biden said at the time. It is a waste of mazuma that diverts attention from genuine threats to our homeland security.Days after the executive action was taken, the Customs and Border Enforcement attested that wall construction was halted.
A spokesperson told The Epoch Times that affirmative, we received a congressional request for a licit opinion on the matter and we have accepted that request.
The exact nature of the GAO investigation was not disclosed. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told Politico, which reported on GAO’s probe, that Biden should ken that it’s the Congress’s job to sanction how the mazuma is spent and the president’s job to spend it efficiently.
Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.