Last week, the Government Accountability Office (GOA) launched a probe into the legality of President Joe Biden’s order to halt the construction of the US-Mexico border wall, a pet project of former POTUS Donald Trump aimed at containing migration flows.
“Legions of migrants” are using holes in a wall along America’s southern border in an attempt to enter the US in the wake of President Joe Biden’s decision to halt construction on the fence, Fox News reported on Thursday.
The US news outlet referred to the wall’s unfinished sections as “convenient gateways” for smugglers and asylum seekers, something that helps them illegally penetrate the border.
Honduran migrant Jonatan Matamoros Flores, 33, who arrived in October with a migrant caravan, climbs the U.S. border wall to stand atop it before returning to the Mexican side in Tijuana, Mexico, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018
Fox News cited an unnamed Customs and Border Protection (CBP) source as talking about a group of 13 Brazilian migrants who were detained near a 100-foot gap in the wall in the Otay Mesa community near the city of San Diego, California.
This came as Brian Turmail, a spokesman for the Associated General Contractors of America said the wall’s contractor hadn’t stopped receiving money for the project, despite “not working for two months”.
The remarks were preceded by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandra Mayorkas claiming that the situation unfolding along the US-Mexico frontier would put America “on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years”.
Although the Biden administration has been turning away many individuals seeking refuge in the US, it has been granting entry to vast numbers of unaccompanied children arriving at checkpoints, a move that has prompted the overcrowding of various holding facilities.
Migrants crowd a room with walls of plastic sheeting at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection temporary processing center in Donna, Texas, U.S. in a recent photograph released March 22, 2021
Preliminary figures obtained by CNN indicate that US Border Patrol officials detained more than 11,000 unaccompanied children between 28 February and 20 March, a massive increase from the 5,600 children the agency apprehended in January.
Neither Biden nor Vice President Harris have made a trip to the southern border since the crisis emerged, indicating they plan to visit the area at “some point”. POTUS recently picked Harris to serve as the point person in leading the US administration’s efforts to handle migration on the country’s southern border.
Democrat Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on 20 January. Just hours after the inauguration ceremony, he embarked on finalising 17 executive orders to reverse some of his predecessor’s policies, including an order to stop the construction of a border wall.
In January 2017, then-US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to begin construction of a wall along the US–Mexico border using existing federal funding, pledging to build an 800-kilometre (497-mile) facility.