Department of Homeland Security to Fix Border Wall Breaches in Arizona, California and Texas

The Department of Homeland Security plans to make use of congressional funds to close construction gaps along the southern border wall and clean up sites located in Arizona, California and Texas. However, they are not going to erect more sections to the barrier.

The DHS announced earlier this week that the money would be utilized to “address life, safety, environmental, and remediation requirements for border barrier projects” in the El Centro, Yuma, San Diego, Tucson, Del Rio and El Paso sectors. The border wall openings that require repairs are located in the El Paso, Tucson and Yuma sectors. 

Soon after his election, President Biden directed the end to border wall construction as well as the diversion funds. The order was canceled with some sections of the wall still unfinished. 

DHS will fill in the gaps, add guardrails, signage, add guardrails and missing gates. The funds will also be used by the department to install drainage to stop flooding, establish erosion control measures and slope stabilization.

Alejandro Mayorkas, the Homeland Security Secretary, authorized US Customs and Border Protection to collaborate with federal agencies, land owners, state, tribal, and local officials.

The DHS urged members of the Congress “to cancel remaining border wall funding and instead fund smarter border security measures that are proven to be more effective at improving safety and security at the border.”

This is a partial restoration of Trump-era policies by the Biden administration. The administration had previously reinstated the “Remain In Mexico” protocols under a period when there were record-breaking numbers of illegal border crossings.

Republicans applauded the department’s decision to repair the holes in the border wall. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio believes that the project is a “step in the right direction.”

“I’m pleased to see that they are finally taking some actions to secure our border — now is not the time to incentivize unlawful migration or the influx of deadly fentanyl by continuing their failed policies,” Portman stated.  

“I call on the Biden administration to install the technology Border Patrol needs to complete their mission, close all the gaps in the border wall, and to implement policies to curb the influx of unlawful migrants and illicit narcotics,” he added.

As hundreds of migrants travel north through Mexico and Central America seeking asylum, the border wall repairs are necessary. Thousands of migrants travel on foot in caravans with some of them figuring in confrontations with local authorities. 

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