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Biden Admin Considers Restarting Border Wall Construction

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The Biden administration is reportedly considering restarting construction on Trump’s southern border wall as the country continues to deal with a major surge of illegal crossings. Department of Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas said during a conversation with ICE employees last week that the administration was considering finishing “gaps in the wall.” The conversation marks a major turnaround as the Biden administration has tried to downplay the immigration surge and attempted to avoid calling it a crisis.

The Daily Wire reports:

“It’s not a single answer to a single question. There are different projects that the chief of the Border Patrol has presented and the acting commissioner of CBP presented to me,” Mayorkas said, according to notes of the ICE session reviewed by The Washington Times. “The president has communicated quite clearly his decision that the emergency that triggered the devotion of DOD funds to the construction of the border wall is ended. But that leaves room to make decisions as the administration, as part of the administration, in particular areas of the wall that need renovation, particular projects that need to be finished.”

The Times said that Mayorkas specifically mentioned those “particular projects” included “gaps,” “gates,” and areas “where the wall has been completed but the technology has not been implemented.”

The report noted that the new completed section of border wall is more than just a wall as it includes technology that allows authorities to detect incursions and features “high-speed roads” that allows for rapid response. The report also highlighted recent polling that showed that the majority of Americans, 53% overall, support construction of the border wall.

Politico reported last month that Biden was under investigation by the Government Accountability Office for halting billions of dollars in payments that were scheduled to go out to companies that had been contracted to finish building the wall.

Reports have emerged that the United States is on track to see more immigrants cross the border this year than it has in the past 20 combined. The U.S. has also seen a major spike in unaccompanied minors crossing the border.