President Joe Biden is keeping a key election pledge.
The only issue is that Trump made the commitment, not Biden. The Biden administration is erecting a border wall, which goes against his campaign commitment. Even worse, on Thursday, Biden told reporters that there was nothing he could do to prevent the border wall’s building.
That is odd considering that Alejandro Mayorkas, his own secretary of homeland security, utilized his broad administrative powers to unilaterally waive hundreds of regulations to speed up the construction.
In a statement, Mayorkas stated that due to the border crisis, it is “necessary to waive certain laws, regulations, and other legal requirements” in order to ensure the quick building of “physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the United States border in order to prevent unlawful entries into the United States.”
When money was appropriated for the border wall, Biden said to reporters on camera, “On the border wall…when money was appropriated for the border wall, I sought to get them to reappropriate, to reroute that money.
“They refused to, and they didn’t. In the interim, they are only required by law to spend the funds for the purposes for which they have been appropriated. I am powerless to stop that.
When asked if he thought border fences were effective, Biden replied, “No.” This week, Mayorkas claimed that the administration had the legal authority to ignore dozens of regulations in order to build border walls quickly in areas that are being swamped by illegal immigrants due to the emergency circumstances at the southern border.
Mayorkas emphasized his own deplorable track record while criticizing the administration’s shortcomings and pointing out that, in August, approximately a quarter of a million illegal aliens—excluding those who escaped—were apprehended while trying to enter the United States.