NC Congressman introduces bill to resume construction of border wall | National


(The Center Square) – A North Carolina congressman has introduced legislation to require the federal government to resume rebuilding the border wall, which President Joe Biden has stopped.

US Rep. Ted Budd, R-NC, introduced the Now build the Wall Act, removing all legal obstacles to the construction of the border wall. Among other things, it unlocks an additional $2.1 billion committed and unspent in fiscal years 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Congress allocated $6 billion to build the wall between fiscal years 2018 and 2021, according to the General Accounting Office.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sued the government last fall, asking the court to order the administration to resume construction of the wall with funds already provided by Congress.

Within a month of the AGs’ lawsuit, the US Department of Homeland Security said it was using the money for environmental and cleanup projects in certain areas of Arizona, California and Texas. The funds would be used to meet “living, safety, environmental and sanitation needs for border patrol projects” in the San Diego, El Centro, Yuma, Tucson, El Paso and Del Rio Border Patrol sectors.

As the AGs’ lawsuit goes to court and border communities brace for an estimated roughly 18,000 people expected to cross the southern border after Title 42 is lifted next month, Budd said, “The best way to end the Biden border crisis.” , is to finish the border wall now.”

“The Biden administration is attempting to expire the Wall regulatory clock while undermining our Border Patrol agents by repealing Title 42,” he said in a statement. “Every time I visit the southern border, law enforcement officials tell me how Biden’s open-border policy endangers our national security and the security of the entire interior.”

Title 42 is a public health agency that allows Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to quickly process and deport illegal immigrants in a public health emergency. It was used by the Trump administration to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Biden administration announced it would end it on May 23.

As long as Democrats hold a majority in Congress and Biden remains president, the bill is unlikely to go into effect. But it’s an example for Republicans who are increasingly frustrated with the government’s open borders policy, which is introducing legislation in Congress, as immigration lawsuits continue to be heard in court.

Even while Title 42 was in use, during Biden’s first year in office, around two million people from over 150 countries were arrested or hit by CBP agents illegally entering the United States. This figure excludes an estimated several hundred thousand who have evaded prosecution.

On Biden’s first day in office, all funding for the border wall was suspended. It costs taxpayers $3 million a day not to build the wall due to contractual obligations with the construction company contracted to build it.

The administration has claimed it “inherited a broken immigration system — one that wasted billions of tax dollars and has failed to keep the American people safe and honored our values” and that building a border wall was a “wrong priority.” .

Of the 450 miles of wall built by the Trump administration, only 52 miles were built “where no barrier previously existed, with some wall segments costing American taxpayers as much as $46 million per mile,” the administration said.

Paxton and Schmitt argue that the wall is a successful deterrent and that the freeze violates the separation of powers, the take care clause, the Impoundment Control Act 1974, the Administrative Procedures Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Acts of 2020 and 2021.

In addition, “DHS has admitted that a physical border wall is an effective defense to curb illegal immigration,” they argue. In their letter, they cite a 2018 DHS assessment of the effectiveness of physical barriers, which states: “Walls Work. When it comes to stopping drugs and illegal aliens from crossing our borders, walls have proven extremely effective.” DHS found that a border wall resulted in a 90 percent reduction in border arrests in one sector alone.

With the federal wall remaining unfinished, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began construction of a border wall on Texas soil.

“Texas is taking truly unprecedented action by any state,” Abbott said called in December, when part of the wall was erected in Rio Grande City. Texas is building a wall “on our border to protect the sovereignty of the United States as well as our own state,” he said. “And this unprecedented action is required for one reason, and that is because the Biden administration has failed in its statutory duty, passed by Congress, to enforce United States immigration laws.”


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