We reported a few days ago that one of Biden’s theme songs should be “Another One Bites the Dust.” This is the perfect expression to describe what has happened to the promises the president made during his election campaign.
Well, here is a promise that we are glad he has not kept…Joe Biden pledged in January of 2021 that he would not build “another foot” on the border wall.
But the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun to close the gaps in the wall on the Arizona border. Yes!
The DHS says that it plans to complete the Yuma Morelos Dam Project and close four significant gaps in the border wall near Yuma, Arizona. They are doing this to “address operational impacts, as well as the immediate life and safety risks.”
The gaps in focus are found in the former Yuma 6 project area which is in the Yuma Border Patrol Sector.
The project has in the past been funded by the Department of Defense’s (DOD) military construction appropriations. But not it is being funded through DHS’s FY21 appropriations.
“Due to the proximity to the Morelos Dam and the swift-moving Colorado River, this area presents safety and life hazard risks for migrants attempting to cross into the United States where there is a risk of drownings and injuries from falls. This area also poses a life and safety risk to first responders and agents responding to incidents in this area,” DHS said.
As they prepare for construction, the DHS will provide standard environment planning and they will “move as expeditiously as possible, while still maintaining environmental stewardship.”
This project began under the Trump administration, but it was stopped just before Biden entered the White House. And on his first official day in the Oval Office, Biden issued 17 executive orders, one of them stopping all border wall construction.
This order from the president left billions of dollars of unfinished work. And because the government was under contract for that work, it cost taxpayers $6 million a day. Thank you, Joe.
President Biden also returned $2.2 billion in border wall funds to the Department of Defense. They then reallocated the funds towards 66 projects in 16 countries, three U.S. territories, and 11 states.
According to a DOD memo, 1.26 billion was allocated to secure the borders of other countries like Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, and others. Wow…
The Yuma Sector in Arizona includes 181,670 square miles of primarily desert terrain. And it includes 126 miles along the U.S.-Mexico border from the Imperial Sand Dunes in California to the Yuma-Pima County line.
It has been the 3rd most busy sector for immigrants, there are two busier in Texas. From January to June 2022, 160,482 people were apprehended in the sector. This is almost four times more than the number apprehended from January-June 2021, according to CBP data.
Since Biden entered the White House, hundreds of thousands of people from over 150 countries have flown to Mexicali, Mexico. From there, they simply take a bus or taxi ride to Algodones, Mexico, and they just walk across a concrete ledge on the dam to illegally enter the U.S.
According to Biden’s immigration policies, once they surrender to Border Patrol agents, they are processed and then released into Arizona. They are not deported back to Mexico to begin their legal immigration process.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jeane-Pierre was asked about the efficiency of walls on the border at a press conference recently, she said, “We are not finishing a wall. We are cleaning up the mess that the prior administration made. We are trying to save lives. This is what the prior administration left behind that we are now cleaning up.”
Former President Donald Trump’s administration built more than 450 miles of border wall very quickly, but the Morelos Dam project did not get completed.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a $564 million border security bill into law on July 1st. It will allocate $335 million in state sales tax revenue to build and maintain a wall along the Arizona-Mexico border.
He said at the signing that Biden’s policies created, “the worst border crisis in over 20 years” and Arizona was “standing up for the rule of law.”