Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security of the United States, hinted that the construction of the border wall will probably resume to finish filling all the “gaps”Of the current fence that separates Mexico from its northern neighbor.
According to the newspaper The Washington Times, the secretary presented a report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees on future plans. Mayorkas would have told them that although President Joe Biden canceled the “national emergency” imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump on migration, this did not necessarily mean that they stopped “take decisions”.
For that reason, he explained, the initiative has been taken to continue serving certain areas of the wall that need renovation, “particular projects that need to be completed”, He detailed in the report. Some of those adjustments, Mayorkas clarified, will include “gaps”, “doors” and “specific areas“In which, although it was possible to complete the border fence, it has not yet been possible”implement properly the technology”.
Discussing the plan, presented by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Mayorkas told meeting attendees that it was not about “a single answer to a single question. There are different projects that the head of the Border Patrol has presented and the acting CBP commissioner presented to me“.
In early February, US President Joe Biden officially ended the “national emergency” declared by then-President Donald Trump in order to use Pentagon money to build a wall along the border with Mexico.
The White House released a letter from Biden to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, in which he notified Congress that he had rescinded the February 2019 proclamation made by his predecessor.
In his letter, the president said that the declaration of national emergency made by Trump had been “unjustified“And that he had given the instruction that”not a dollar more from US taxpayers will go to build a border wall”. He also ordered a review of all money spent on the project to date.
Trump made the wall a central theme of his first presidential campaign, vowing to build one that would span the entire border and that Mexico would pay for it.
It was also made up close $ 6 billion in military funds under the national emergency that he himself declared after Congress refused to approve the amount he wanted for the wall, leading to the longest government stoppage in the country’s history.
The Supreme Court upheld a legal challenge to Trump’s measures in a 5-4 vote in July 2019.
By the end of the Trump administration, The United States had completed more than 720 kilometers (450 miles) of new wall construction along the 3,145-kilometer (200-mile) border. Much of the construction was carried out in areas where some type of barrier already existed.
Trump administration officials said the border wall had reduced smuggling activities and illegal crossings of people in the border area, where it facilitated arrests.
Detractors argued that there were ways for more effective policing and that sections of the new wall damaged environmentally sensitive areas or were made in places where it was not necessary. There were also landowners who objected to the confiscation of land for the project.
According to preliminary data from Reuters, US authorities detained more than 171,000 migrants at the Mexican border in March.
The highest monthly total in two decades and the latest sign of the growing humanitarian challenge facing Joe Biden. The total includes about 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children and 53,000 family members traveling together, according to preliminary figures. Single adults represent approximately 99,000.