President Joe Biden issued a formal notice to all contractors to halt all construction of the Wall at the US-Mexico border by the end of Tuesday.
While president Biden issued an executive order to end the construction of the border wall within hours of taking office on Jan. 20, the order did not immediately take effect due to the previous administration having signed contracts and initiated construction of more than 290 miles of border barriers still in construction.
“The proclamation directs an immediate pause in wall construction projects to allow a close review of the legality of the funding and contracting methods used, and to determine the best way to redirect funds that were diverted by the prior Administration to fund wall construction,” the executive order stated.
More than 450 miles of barriers were built under Trump’s administration, the majority replacing older, short and flimsy fencing. However, a border wall is only useful if the authorities are intent on using it.
That is why Biden’s “immigration reform” are crucial. The president issued a 100-day moratorium on all deportations of illegal immigrants from the US, and has promised a “path to citizenship” to immigrants that are currently illegally residing in the country.
Some have speculated that some 8000 strong migrant caravan heading from Central America towards the US was formed as a response to Biden’s election win, since the newly elected president advocated the so called “immigration reform”, and “refugee rights”.
While it is impossible to know for certain, it is undeniable that a soft stance on border security is one of the factors that could make it more likely for people to attempt to illegally cross the US border.
Thus, Biden faces a political dilemma. The rollback of Trump’s policies may create a surge of illegal immigration and border crossings, which would not look good politically.
The policy is taking a toll on the population near the US-Mexico border and on border patrol officers, stated an Arizona sheriff for Fox News.
Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels pleaded with the president to “”stop this madness”, and reconsider his “hasty” executive orders. According to the sheriff, over 800 security cameras in Cochise County showed double the amount of illegal immigrants since Biden took office.
“One thing that bothers me as a sheriff serving 37 years on the southwest border is the fact that the lessons of the past continue to be played out in Congress, through the presidency,” Dannels added.
“We’ve been down this road before. I don’t know why we can’t look in the past and find balance in our processes, our programs, and stop this madness”, the sheriff added.
However, Biden faces pressures in the opposite direction as well. The leftist extremists dressed up as Antifa are organizing violent protests in Oregon and Washington in favor of, in part, open borders and amnesty. And considering the present political climate, it is not impossible to imagine that these protests will have an effect on the White House.