It appears that President Joe Biden is being forced to continue building former President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in a press release on Friday, announced that it is adding about 20 miles to the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
The press release, in part, reads:
Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) authorized U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to move forward with the planning and execution of up to approximately 20 miles of border barrier system, with steel bollard panels placed in U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector, as mandated by the DHS Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 border barrier appropriation.
The DHS went on to try to explain why it is that it is building Trump's wall - considering that Biden and his administration have opposed building the border wall. Biden, in fact, even stopped its construction after he took office.
The DHS, in the press release, claims that it has no choice but to move forward with the building of the wall.
This is because a spending bill from 2019 specifically allocates funds for building the wall. And so, if Biden does not spend the funds as Congress directed, he would be in violation of the law.
"Until and unless Congress cancels these funds, the law requires DHS to use the funds consistent with their appropriated purpose," the DHS writes.
It is estimated that there is about $190 million left from the spending bill.
The DHS said that it first tried to use the funds for "other priority projects . . . including life, safety, environmental, and other remediation measures, system attributes for existing barrier, and environmental mitigation projects."
But, now, the DHS has settled for building Trump's wall - that is, unless Congress takes action, which is what Biden and his administration are calling upon Congress to do.
The DHS writes:
The Administration continues to call on Congress to cancel or reappropriate remaining border barrier funding and instead fund smarter border security measures, like border technology and modernization of land ports of entry, that are proven to be more effective at improving safety and security at the border.
This, however, is unlikely to happen considering that Republicans control the U.S. House of Representatives.
So, it looks like U.S.-Mexico border wall construction will continue, despite Biden's 2020 pledge that, under his presidency, there would "not be another foot of wall constructed."
Now, Biden is being forced not only to go back on his word but to carry out Trump's 2016 campaign pledge. That has got to hurt!