DHS boss hints admin may close 'gaps' on border

Thursday, April 8, 2021
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

illegal border crossingFaced with a record-breaking surge of illegal aliens that are overwhelming the southern border, the Biden administration might “plug” gaps in the miles of border fence in an attempt to slow the flood of illegals and drug smugglers.

According to The Washington Times, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials were told by their boss, the secretary of Homeland Security, that border wall construction might commence to address weak areas that are being exploited.

The story cited notes from the meeting, which were reviewed by the Times, after DHS boss Alejandro Mayorkas sat down with ICE employees and one of them apparently raised the issue of border security.

Donald Trump used emergency Pentagon funds for wall construction, which was stopped by President Joe Biden on his first day in office, but Mayorkas said there is still “room to make decisions” on finishing what he called “gaps in the wall.”

Trump with border wall prototypeThe ICE employees were informed that Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which oversees border security, is asking the new administration to address the issue and has submitted a plan to do that, the Times said.

“Apparently Biden has decided to deal with the crisis that he claims doesn't exist by building a wall that he says is ineffective,” Ira Mehlman, of the Federation for Immigration Reform, says of the leaked meeting notes.

President Biden, in fact, vowed during the presidential campaign that he wouldn’t allow “another foot” of border wall construction. He told NPR he did not plan to tear down barriers already constructed, which was likely disappointing news to far-left advocates for illegal aliens who view U.S. enforcement of federal law as cruel and inhumane. 

The issue of illegal immigration and the porous U.S.-Mexico border helped Donald Trump win the White House in 2016, but Democrats and their media allies called his border security plans racist and xenophobic. When wall construction began, it was mocked as ineffective because miles and miles of border were left unguarded.

U.S.-Mexico border fence (new)According to the Times, Trump left office with approximately 460 miles of border fencing completed, which replaced ineffective fencing and improved vehicle barriers in most areas. That successful effort to improve border barriers was criticized by Democrats and the media because Trump, despite his stated plans for a “big, beautiful wall,” oversaw more beefed-up border barriers than new construction in many areas of the border.

The now-departed Trump was also criticized for allowing “kids in cages” during his term, which was called heartless and inhumane, only for the Biden administration to now oversee crowded, inhumane conditions thanks to a flood of minors while insisting the circumstances are different.  

The push within DHS to beef up border security, Mehlman says, shows the Biden administration is acknowledging there is indeed a crisis that must be addressed.

“And it also points out the fact,” he adds, “that the wall is effective because the administration is saying, Hey, maybe we should build this."

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