The Division of Homeland Safety introduced Friday will probably be cancelling border wall contracts within the Laredo and Rio Grande Valley sectors of the southern border.
“Per the Division of Homeland Safety’s (DHS) border barrier plan, U.S. Customs and Border Safety (CBP), in coordination with the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers (USACE), intends to cancel the remaining border barrier contracts situated inside U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) Laredo Sector and all border barrier contracts situated within the Rio Grande Valley Sector,” DHS state in a press launch.
The discharge added that the Border Patrol “will then start environmental planning and actions in step with the Nationwide Environmental Coverage Act (NEPA) for beforehand deliberate border barrier system initiatives situated inside the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, and El Centro Sectors.” These actions “won’t contain any development of recent border barrier or everlasting land acquisition.”
DHS additionally known as on Congress to cancel current border wall funding.
“The Administration continues to name on Congress to cancel remaining border wall funding and as a substitute fund smarter border safety measures, like border expertise and modernization of land ports of entry, which are confirmed to be simpler at bettering security and safety on the border,” the assertion mentioned. “Till and except Congress cancels these funds, the legislation requires DHS to make use of the funds in step with their appropriated goal, and starting environmental planning actions is a part of the Division’s plan to take action.”
The information prompted essential responses from Republicans who’ve been constantly calling on President Biden to handle the surge of migrants within the border that has resulted in over 1 million encounters between the border patrol and unlawful immigrants this yr.
“DHS Secretary Mayorkas, throughout a border disaster, is cancelling border wall contracts,” Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw tweeted in response to the DHS announcement. “Impeach Mayorkas.”
“As DHS reportedly prepares for as much as 400,000 unlawful border crossings this month alone, the Biden admin CANCELS BORDER WALL CONTRACTS within the busiest southern border sector,” Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell’s Communication Director Christopher Gilmartin posted on Twitter with the hashtag “#BidenBorderCrisis.”
“Depart it to Biden and his workforce to cancel border contracts for ‘environmental causes’ when we’ve a 21-year excessive of unlawful crossers,” Republican Sen. James Lankford tweeted. “It’s apparent that they don’t need to cease unlawful immigration. Everybody sees what’s occurring on the border aside from this Administration.”
DHS didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from Fox Information.