ANALYSIS – In the wake of the highly successful ‘stunt’ by Republican governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida sending buses and planes with illegal migrants to liberal sanctuary cities, and the disastrous Kamala Harris NBC interview where she claimed the border was “secure,” Joe Biden appears to be quietly admitting Trump was right.
Based on his latest efforts, Biden who immediately paused construction on the wall, and left it in disrepair since, seems to now be saying the border wall former president Trump built was a good idea and necessary after all.
This, in stark contrast to his campaign promise that “not one more foot of border wall” would be built during his administration.
In late July, Team Biden quietly authorized new border wall construction to close four gaps in the border wall in an open area of southern Arizona near Yuma, one of the busiest sectors for illegal crossings.
According to The Intercept:
…U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed that work on the border wall that began under Trump is revving back up under Biden. In an online presentation Wednesday, CBP — the largest division of the Department of Homeland Security and home to the Border Patrol… confirmed that the wall will remain a permanent fixture of the Southwest for generations to come.
It added: “The resumed operations will range from repairing gates and roads to filling gaps in the wall that were left following the pause on construction that Biden initiated in January 2021.”
As National Review notes:
It is fair to question whether the actions by DHS and CBP really count as “the Biden administration rev[ving] up work on completing Donald Trump’s signature project,” as the Intercept characterizes it. Filling in gaps does not quite align with Trump’s “big, beautiful wall” rhetoric from the campaign trail of 2016, or Trump’s 2020 contention that the wall was “almost finished.” A lot of the work during the Trump years was replacing old fencing that had holes or was falling down; as of January 2021, “only 80 miles of new barriers have been built where there were none before – that includes 47 miles of primary wall, and 33 miles of secondary wall built to reinforce the initial barrier.”
But the DHS decision also represents Biden backtracking again from his January 20, 2021, proclamation that “building a massive wall that spans the entire southern border is not a serious policy solution. It is a waste of money that diverts attention from genuine threats to our homeland security . . . It shall be the policy of my Administration that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall.”
The number of migrant encounters at the southern border rose to over 200,000 in August, and illegal migrant arrest recently passed a record-breaking 2 million, with an increase in migrants coming from Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba, which DHS officials said was driving a “new wave of migration” across the Hemisphere.
Team Biden has defended the move at the time as a safety measure to protect migrants, but critics note a political motive as well.
NBC News reported in July:
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona, who is seeking his party nomination’s next week to defend the seat in November, has pressed the Biden administration to close the gaps, calling them a challenge for officials trying to secure the border.
Former Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli argued on Fox News Tuesday that this is only being done to help vulnerable Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., in his Senate race against Republican Blake Masters.
“They’re going to do that certainly through November 9th when Mark Kelly’s re-election campaign will be over in Arizona. And that is why they are doing it. They’re targeting a particular election in a particular state.”