After years of saying that border walls divide humanity and that they are inhumane, the Joe Biden administration has backtracked and decided to waive 26 federal environmental laws and build a section of new border wall. The wall will be built in the Rio Grande Sector in Starr County, Texas along the Mexican border.
Scenes of hundreds of illegal migrants scampering across the border preceded the announcement. At least 245,000 migrants have illegally crossed into this sector alone. The new wall section will be built using money appropriated while Trump was president in 2019.
DHS Secretary Mayorkas ‘Acute’ Need for Border Wall
“There is presently an acute and immediate need to construct physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the border of the United States in order to prevent unlawful entries into the United States … In order to ensure the expeditious construction of the barriers and roads in the project areas, I have determined that it is necessary that I exercise the authority … [to] waive in their entirety, with respect to the construction of roads and physical barriers,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas wrote in his order.
Mayorkas backed abandoning the building of the wall, but migrants finding their way into Democrat-controlled cities like Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. has brought an increase in crime and housing concerns that likely backed him into a corner.
“There is no more room in New York. Our hearts are endless, but our resources are not,” New York Mayor Eric Adams told media that had gathered following his speech in Puebla, Mexico, according to The Associated Press. “We don’t want to put people in congregate shelters. We don’t want people to think they will be employed.”
Move Contradicts Past Biden Statements
This puts the Biden administration in a quandary with their Left-wing supporters and the president’s own remarks.
“Under Trump, there have been horrifying scenes at the border of kids being kept in cages, tear gassing asylum seekers, ripping children from their mothers’ arms — actions that subvert our American values and erode our ability to lead on the global stage,” presidential candidate Joe Biden wrote in a 2019 Miami Herald op-ed. “At a time when the challenges we face demand a united, regional response, Trump repeatedly invokes racist invective to describe anyone south of the Rio Grande, including calling migrants ‘animals’.”
Ironically, the cages continued under Biden as well.
Upon becoming president, Biden wrote on Jan. 20, 2021 in a statement, “[B]uilding a massive wall that spans the entire southern border is not a serious policy solution.”
AOC Slams Border Wall
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has become a major force in the Democratic Party still remains opposed. She noted her opposition in a post on her Instagram page, “You could build a great big Trumpy wall on the entire U.S. southern border, and it’s still not going to fix this problem … The U.S. and U.S. foreign policy is contributing to the displacement of millions of people in South America to begin with, and if we do not address the migrant crisis at its root it is still going to be a problem. And if you have the displacement of millions of people it is going to continue to destabilize the entire region.”
Venezuelans Flee Left-wing Dictatorship
Ironically, a large portion of the migrant tide includes Venezuelans who have been displaced by the Marxist tyranny of Nicolas Maduro, who enjoys support from the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), of which Ocasio-Cortez has been a member. An increasing number of Chinese citizens also have been found among the migrant flow, which has caused many to worry about Chinese spies or soldiers being covertly inserted into the U.S.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Gianmattei blamed Joe Biden’s rhetoric about open borders for the increase in migrant flows from South America and into Central America.
“So the coyotes came and took the children and the teenagers to the United States and the borders were full, not only with people from Guatemala but with a lot of people from all over,” Gianmattei said. “Which is why our proposal is that messages should be clear.”
With the election looming around the corner, Biden faces increasing criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike over illegal migration. This move is likely a political calculation to make it look like the Biden administration is doing something.
John Rossomando is a defense and counterterrorism analyst and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.
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