(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of President Joe Biden’s administration announced it will complete parts of the wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, whose construction was initiated by former President Donald Trump.
After the border wall wasn’t completed during Trump’s term, Biden canceled further construction on his first day in office.
Now, in a turnaround, DHS will build some of the unfinished border wall sections.
The department, led by Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, will do so to save the lives of illegal immigrants flocking to the United States, according to its announcement on Thursday, as cited by The Washington Times.
Four huge gaps remained when Biden ended the construction of Trump’s border wall. DHS has now concluded that some unfinished parts are too important to leave that way. These include the section in Yuma, Arizona, according to the report.
The department made it clear that it wants to protect illegal immigrants who would take their chances by heading to dangerous parts of the border where the gaps in the wall are located.
It noted the dangers of the Colorado River dam, where a 5-year-old migrant child drowned in June.
“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,” DHS said.
“This area also poses a life and safety risk to first responders and agents responding to incidents in this area,” it added.
The new border wall construction will be funded with $2 billion already allocated by Congress under the Trump administration, which hasn’t been used since Biden stopped the project.
“I’m glad that the Department of Homeland Security has listened to Arizona and is going to close these gaps,” reacted Democrat US Senator from Arizona Mark Kelly.
Kelly has been calling for “closing the gaps” to “gain control of the border.” He referred the wall gaps to Biden last year and has had numerous talks with Mayorkas on the issue.
The department didn’t give a timeline for construction and said environmental concerns will still have to be addressed.https://t.co/ARMMiFJg2d
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) July 29, 2022