The Biden administration has reportedly authorized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) t restart construction on a portion of the border wall along the Rio Grande River, according to Fox News, a shocking reversal of Biden’s former railing against Trump’s controversial barrier.
A 13-mile section of border barrier will be added after concerns from local citizens. The USACE has “resumed DHS-funded design & construction support on approx. 13.4 miles of levee in the Rio Grande Valley that were partially excavated or at various levels of construction when work on the wall was paused for review,” according to the report.
Biden administration to resume border wall construction as crisis worsens https://t.co/z5yjZBXDQU
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The statement reported the USACE had previously attempted to repair a flood levee. The group later concluded, “this remediation work will not involve expanding border barrier.”
The news follows President Joe Biden’s commitment to stop building the border wall authorized by former President Donald Trump. He referred to it as wasteful spending and unnecessary.
“Building a massive wall that spans the entire southern border is not a serious policy solution. It is a waste of money that diverts attention from genuine threats to our homeland security,” Biden’s executive order read in January.
“My Administration is committed to ensuring that the United States has a comprehensive and humane immigration system that operates consistently with our Nation’s values,” the order added.
Biden may claim a border wall is unnecessary, but it seems to be important at least in some locations. The latest move marks another occasion in which the president has made a strong statement to contrast Trump only to later copy the former president’s actions.