The Department of Homeland Security announced Customs and Border Protection is moving forward with addressing ‘life, safety, environmental, and remediation requirements for border barrier projects’ which were previously under the purview of the Defense Department.
DHS will use border barrier funds and work with CBP officials in El Paso, Texas and Tucson and Yuma, Arizona sectors to close gaps left open when Biden halted construction on Trump’s border wall project.
While the agency noted ‘the type of work that is required will vary by Sector,’ it added that ‘a large majority of the incomplete DoD 284 Projects are located within the Tucson Sector.’
Biden ordered on Day One that funds be prevented from going to building the border wall, but DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas now says it’s necessary to address safety and environmental issues.
The authorized work, a DHS statement noted Monday, will include ‘adding missing gates, addressing incomplete foundations, and connecting power to gates that are already hung but are currently inoperable.’
Mayorkas’ directive to his department comes as migration continues to surge at the southern border and a new report shows the number of foreign-born people living in the U.S. has reached the highest number in history.
The Department of Homeland Security announced it was taking over filling and fixing border wall gaps from the Pentagon after the Biden administration halted construction on Day One
Video shared Monday from this month shows Customs and Border Protection facilities are still overcrowded as the southern border crisis shows no signs of slowing
New CBP data shows there were 173,620 encounters with migrants at the southern border in November, an uptick from October when crossings finally were on a decline from the summer
CBP data shows officers encountered more than 1.75 million migrants at the southern border since Biden took office.
Numbers released this last week show the agency’s officers encountered 173,620 illegal crossers in November alone – an uptick from the October crossings of 164,753.
The November figures represents a 140 per cent uptick in illegal crossings at the southern border from the same month last year, when there were only 72,113 encounters.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies report on the Census Bureau’s monthly Current Population Study (CPS), immigrants made up 14.2 per cent of the U.S population as of November 2021.
This amounts to 46.2 million immigrants – both illegal and legal – living in the U.S.
The latest figure is the highest the proportional U.S. immigrant population has been in 111 years. It is also triple the share of the population since 1970 and double since 1990.
Despite moving forward with filling gaps, DHS assured Monday that Biden is still committing to canceling the remaining border wall funding left from the Trump years.
‘The Administration continues to call on Congress to cancel remaining border wall funding and instead fund smarter border security measures that are proven to be more effective at improving safety and security at the border,’ the department noted in its statement.
Despite Biden downplaying the border crisis, images tell a different story with thousands illegally crossing the border every day and more traveling in caravans through Central America and Mexico to attempt to seek asylum in the U.S.
Video of conditions this month, revealed Monday by Town Hall reporter Julio Rosas, shows continued overcrowding at southern border facilities.
A report released Monday shows a record number of immigrants – legal and illegal – are living in the U.S. with 46.2 million foreign-born people in the country as of November 2021
The Center for Immigration Studies report shows projections that the immigration population in the U.S. could reach 17 per cent by 2060 if it stays on this trajectory
In some footage, migrants are seen laying inches from each other in enclosed areas of CBP facilities as COVID-19 cases surge and the Omicron variant spreads through the country like wildfire.
In 2021, the U.S. saw record-breaking surges in immigration with illegal crossing over the southern border with Mexico as Biden took office and loosened restrictions.
The administration was forced this month to resume the Trump-era Migrant Protection Program, known more commonly as the Remain in Mexico policy.
Under MPP, immigration enforcement sends migrants seeking asylum back to Mexico after they enter the U.S. through the southern border. The migrants then have to wait in Mexico for a court date or proceeding related to their asylum claims.