Biden’s administration to plug holes in the Arizona border wall

The White House is completing more sections of former President Donald Trump’s border wall, with the Department of Homeland Security closing four holes in the barrier near Yuma, Arizona, which has become a major route for immigrants.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas authorized Customs and Border Protection on Thursday to close openings near the Morelos Dam west of downtown Yuma.

The department said the area “presents safety and life risks to immigrants attempting to cross into the United States as there is a risk of drowning and fall injuries. This area also poses a life and safety risk to first responders and accident-responding agents in this area.”

The dam is located in a portion of the boundary that runs north-south along the Colorado River before turning into an east-west course at the California-Arizona state line.

Border officials have reported 235,230 migrants in the Yuma Border Patrol sector since October. 1 last year. Only the sectors of Del Rio (326177) and the Rio Grande Valley (377194) reported more encounters in the same period.

One of the holes in the wall near the Morelos Dam in Yuma, Arizona.
One of the holes in the wall near the Morelos Dam in Yuma, Arizona.
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President Biden ordered a moratorium on border wall construction shortly after taking office in January 2021. While the move has been applauded by liberal activists, it has left holes in the barrier that critics — including Biden’s fellow Democrats — say has been exploited by individual immigrants and humans. Smugglers smuggle groups of people across the border.

White House press secretary Karen-Jean-Pierre repeatedly insisted Friday that the Biden administration is not “finishing” the border wall, which Trump declared a national emergency in 2019 to build before he later won congressional appropriations for the project.

“Why is the Biden administration building a border wall in Arizona?” Fox News reporter Peter Ducey asked Jean-Pierre at her regular briefing.

Jean-Pierre replied: “We are not finishing the wall.” “We are cleaning up the mess left by the previous administration in its failed attempt to build a wall.”

“But President Biden, when he was a nominee, said, ‘There will never be another foot of wall being built in my administration,'” Dossey replied, referring to a statement the Democrat made in August 2020. So what has changed? “

“We do not finish the wall,” repeated Jean-Pierre.

And Dossey continued, “If walls are working in that part of Arizona, is this administration trying to get immigrants to cross somewhere else, like Texas? What’s the point?”

Jean-Pierre answered again: “We are not finishing the wall. We are removing the mess made by the previous administration. We are trying to save lives. This is what the previous administration left behind and we are now cleaning it.”

“By finishing the wall, this is—” Doocy continued.

“We are not finishing the wall,” Jean-Pierre interrupted.

“Finishing and finishing,” Ducey said.

“We are not finishing the wall,” Jean-Pierre interjected again.

‘By filling in [the wall]-Is this racist? ‘ asked Dossie rudely. ‘Because in 2019, when the former man was [Trump] He was suggesting a wall, I said it was his racist wall. How is this different? “

“I’m not even sure how you got there [from] “Your first question on that question you just asked,” said Jean-Pierre. “The border wall is an ineffective use of taxpayer money… Recently, CBP reported that a new fence along the southwestern border was breached 3,272 times between fiscal year 2019 and 2021, requiring $2.6 million in repairs. It’s ineffective. We’re not finishing the wall. We’re removing the mess the previous administration made.”

A day ago, Senator. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) was honored by the Department of Homeland Security for filling the holes.

“For a long time, the Morelos Dam area has been an operational challenge for Border Patrol clients to properly secure borders and keep our communities safe,” Kelly said in a statement.

Migrants climb an outlet at the Morelos Dam in April 2022.
Migrants climb an outlet at the Morelos Dam in April 2022.
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“I’m glad DHS has listened to Arizona and is going to fill those gaps,” Kelly added. “This is a step forward and I will continue to work to ensure that Arizona has the tools necessary for a safe and orderly operation at the border including fencing and barriers where it makes sense.”

Yuma Mayor Doug Nichols, a Republican, also praised the move, calling it an “important first step to controlling this border crisis, supporting our law enforcement, and keeping border communities safe.”

The project will be funded by Department of Homeland Security appropriations for fiscal year 2021 — which were approved during the Trump administration.

Border officials have reported 235,230 migrants in the Yuma Border Patrol sector since October.  1 last year.
Border officials have reported 235,230 migrants in the Yuma Border Patrol sector since October. 1 last year.
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Earlier this month, the department approved the construction of a similar boundary wall to replace a “decaying barrier” located near Transnational Friendship Park in Imperial Beach, California.

In December last year, Mayorkas approved funding to bridge unfinished construction gaps that would “address the life, safety, environmental and remediation requirements of border barrier projects” in California, Arizona and Texas.

The move to close the openings came in a day as record numbers of immigrants attempted to cross into the United States.

June was the fourth consecutive month that border officials met more than 200,000 migrants (207,416). It also raised the total number of stops recorded since October. 1 to 1,746,119 – the largest number in any fiscal year since 1960.

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