Biden Admin Responds to Reports Saying DHS May Restart Border Wall Construction

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The White House responded to a report this week claiming that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would restart construction of the U. S.–Mexico border wall to shore up gaps in the current barrier, after President Joe Biden issued an executive order months ago to pause construction.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas reportedly said that there’s “room to make decisions” on finishing “gaps in the wall,” according to the Washington Times, which cited notes of a conversation between Mayorkas and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The Epoch Times hasn’t been able to independently confirm the authenticity of the remarks and has contacted DHS for comment on the story.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on April 6 told reporters that “there is some limited construction that has been funded and allocated for, but it is otherwise paused,” adding that some of the wall has “already been funded through a congressional authorization and funding allocation.”

“It’s paused while agencies are developing a plan for the president on the management of the federal funds,” she said. “When the administration took office, as you referenced, funds had been diverted from congressionally appropriated military construction projects and other appropriated purposes toward building the wall.

“And wall construction was being challenged in multiple lawsuits—and for much of the wall, I should say; not all of it—by plaintiffs who allege serious environmental and safety issues.

“Federal agencies are continuing to review wall contracts and de... (Read more)