The Biden administration approved on Thursday a plan to complete a portion of the border fence near Yuma, Arizona. The plan was reportedly approved by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, according to Fox News.
“The project will be funded under Homeland Security’s 2021 budget, though it was initially planned to be funded by the Defense Department,” the news outlet explained.
The decision of the federal government counteracts the campaign promises made by Joe Biden against the wall promoted by then President Donald Trump to stop illegal immigration. At that time, Biden assured that with the measure Trump would be far from reality.
“There will not be another foot of wall constructed on my administration, No. 1,” Biden said during a 2020 interview on NPR.
Biden Border Crisis
The construction is authorized in the midst of a border crisis during the Biden Administration. With June figures, there are so far, 1,746,119 total apprehensions at the southern border in FY 2022, surpassing the 1,734,686 encounters in FY 2021.
Members of the Republican and Democratic Parties have called for the situation to be addressed for the safety not only of Americans but also of migrants who are reportedly subjected to cruel treatment by illegal groups at the border crossing.
For example, Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, contradicted Secretary Mayorkas by stating that “the southern border is the furthest thing from secure.” Gonzales also revealed that nearly 95% of illegal migrants do not qualify for asylum.