Thomas Gallatin / April 7, 2021

Now Biden Wants a Border Wall

DHS Secretary Mayorkas says that border wall construction needs to resume to fill “gaps.”

Remember when prominent Democrats like Nancy Pelosi blasted Donald Trump’s effort to construct a border wall as immoral? Remember when Joe Biden on his first day in office signed an executive order that ended all funding for border wall construction? Back in those heady days of January, he asserted, “Building a massive wall that spans the entire southern border is not a serious policy solution. It is a waste of money.” His order was an apparent follow through on his campaign promise that “there will not be another foot of wall constructed [under] my administration.”

What a difference a border crisis makes.

After three months of surging numbers of migrants illegally crossing the U.S. southern border, Team Biden is faced with a humanitarian crisis. It appears that obstructing press access to Customs and Border Protection facilities while disingenuously claiming the mantle of transparency and downplaying the crisis as merely a “challenge” has done little to end the bad press or turn the PR favorably toward the Biden-Harris administration. Even “border czar” Kamala Harris is MIA.

Democrats are feverishly spinning the blame for the current border crisis onto Trump, even after Biden has effectively reversed nearly all the border polices Trump put in place. Trump’s polices had been largely successful in stemming the flow of illegal immigrants and securing the border. The spin hasn’t worked to dissuade the majority of Americans from rightly concluding that Biden’s at fault.

Thus it comes as little surprise that the Biden administration is now looking to restart construction to fill some “gaps in the [border] wall,” as indicated by reports given to Department of Homeland Security employees by Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “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,” Mayorkas stated. “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.”

Trump’s CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan called Mayorkas’s statements regarding “gaps” and areas “where the wall has been completed but the technology has not been implemented” as nothing but “more spin and misdirection.” It’s an attempt to frame the restarting of border wall construction as not really a restarting of border wall construction.

In truth, the Biden administration is effectively admitting that Trump was right about the border wall. Indeed, Trump himself welcomed the news, stating, “If they’re going to complete it, it’s a great thing. That’s a very positive step.”

However, as we noted above, it’s the bad PR that most concerns Biden and Harris, not the number of illegal aliens streaming over the border daily. The administration’s immigration policy is de facto open borders complete with a roadmap to citizenship for illegal aliens — along with a friendly reminder to vote Democrat. Seeking to control or limit the number of illegals entering the U.S. quite simply runs counter to the leftist ideals of today’s Democrat Party.

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