President Joe Biden has pressed pause on the construction of his predecessor’s prized wall at the U.S.–Mexico border.
According to NPR, Biden signed an order earlier this month ending further construction of former President Donald Trump’s famed border wall for at least 60 days “while officials determine what to do next.”
Roughly a week later, Fox News reported Thursday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials had confirmed the suspension of work on the wall.
“CBP, in coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has suspended wall construction projects except for activities that are safety related,” the agency said in a statement, according to Fox. “All projects are in compliance with the President’s Proclamation.”
Biden bulldozes Trump agenda
The move marks a promise kept for Biden; in a statement issued on the day that he took office, the president said “[b]uilding 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,” Biden added. “My Administration is committed to ensuring that the United States has a comprehensive and humane immigration system that operates consistently with our Nation’s values.”
Unsurprisingly, Democrats are celebrating the development, which Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar called a “promising step in our work to halt construction of the ineffective and wasteful border wall and undo the damage that borderlands have experienced these past four years,” as Fox reported.
But while Dems may be cheering at what they feel is a win for social justice, Biden’s recent executive actions on immigration are already causing big problems.
Chaos at the border
Case in point: with Biden at the helm, migrants already lined up at the southern border are said to be growing “impatient,” according to The New York Times, and unnamed White House officials reportedly told the Times they worry “that major policy changes enacted hastily could inspire a huge surge of migrants to the southwest border, overwhelming American enforcement and asylum-processing resources.”
Indeed, though Biden has condemned Trump’s wall, he’s failed to present any alternative solutions for securing our porous southern border — and especially in the middle of a pandemic, such an oversight could have disastrous consequences.
But while Donald Trump’s infamous border wall may have died with his presidency, the fight isn’t over yet. Even if there’s nothing Republicans can do to fight back against Biden’s executive actions, it seems it will soon be clear to Americans just how detrimental the Democrat’s policies really are.
By the time the midterm elections roll around in November 2022, the GOP will have a solid case to make against Dems and their lax stance on immigration. Can Biden and company take the heat?