At the same time the United States faces the enormous challenge of dealing with a record-setting number of illegal immigrants crossing the southern U.S. border, the Biden administration made a move on Friday that left many scratching their heads.
According to The Daily Wire, it was announced on Friday that the Biden administration that all remaining border wall construction projects in the Laredo and Rio Grande Valley sectors in Texas — two of the busiest entry points on the border — have been canceled.
In a bombshell statement, the Department of Homeland Security, led by Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, said the Biden administration will “cancel the remaining border barrier contracts located within U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) Laredo Sector and all border barrier contracts located in the Rio Grande Valley Sector.”
What happens now?
While the Biden administration has the executive power to cancel some of the border wall contracts, which were initiated by former President Donald Trump’s administration, some of the funding for the border wall was passed by Congress.
That means the Biden administration has to spend the money as required by law, and apparently, they plan to do so, but only in an effort to drain the coffers once and for all by spending the funds on “environmental planning and actions consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for previously planned border barrier system projects,” the statement read.
“These activities include additional biological, cultural, and natural resource surveys for project areas where no data have been previously collected,” the statement added.
In other words, the administration plans to use the border wall funds in a fashion that complies with federal law but doesn’t result in the actual construction of barriers or walls at the southern U.S. border.
In addition to “environmental planning,” the administration will use some of the appropriations to “conduct comprehensive and targeted outreach with interested stakeholders, including impacted landowners, tribes, state and local elected officials, and federal agencies,” adding specifically that none of the above will result in new border wall construction.
“There’s no conversation”
In a previous report from The Daily Wire, it was revealed by Rodney Scott, the former chief of the United States Border Patrol, during an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier, that the Biden administration has been paying contractors millions of dollars per day to do nothing.
“So what do they say when the briefing is well, this really helps us, if we could just plug this in, if we could just finish this thing, what did they say?” Baier asked the former CBP official.
“We’re not building more wall. There’s no conversation,” Scott resplied. “There’s no there’s no adult dialogue, if you will. It’s just it’s just a black and white decision.”
At this point, it appears as if the Biden administration isn’t even interested in trying the most basic, tried-and-true method to at least mitigate the inflow of illegal immigrants — almost as if they actually want more illegals in the U.S.