Surprising Republican Leads the Effort to Push Biden Admin to Restart the Border Wall

The Biden administration is being urged by Republican senators, with Sen. Mitt Romney at the forefront, to resume the construction of the southern border wall. This call comes at a time when the country is confronting a new crisis due to the upcoming expiration of Title 42 later this week.

"The Administration has failed to acknowledge the crisis at our border, and is recognizing in the eleventh hour that the upcoming removal of Title 42 authorities, and the subsequent surge in border crossings that is predicted, will have disastrous effects on the security of our nation," the letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas states.

In their argument, the legislators contend that the choice made in the beginning of 2021 to halt the building of the border wall has played a major part in causing the severe humanitarian crisis brought on by unlawful migration. They are seeking "more information on the status of the border wall in anticipation of future congressional action."

Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming, Ted Budd of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Steve Daines of Montana, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, John Hoeven of North Dakota, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Jim Risch of Idaho, Marco Rubio of Florida, J.D. Vance of Ohio, and Todd Young of Indiana have joined Romney in signing the letter.

The Trump administration managed to build more than 450 miles of wall before the construction was suddenly terminated by the Biden administration, which was a campaign promise made by Biden. Moreover, the administration nullified contracts related to the construction of the wall. Earlier this year, the Mexican President commended Biden for his stance against wall building.

According to a DHS official, the agency is now prioritizing "smart border security solutions grounded in evidence, and making historic investments in technology." The official highlighted the agency's efforts to increase resources for processing and personnel to sustain systems capable of managing twice the number of individuals. The official also mentioned that the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would receive an additional $113 million for personnel under the FY2024 budget.

In the meantime, the administration has taken steps to seal some gaps, such as in Arizona. As per Mayorkas' statement during a Senate hearing in April, nearly 130 projects have been authorized to address the gaps and install gates. DHS reports that 55 gaps and gates have already been closed, and additional closures are underway.

The conclusion of the border wall construction coincided with a huge surge in border migration. The legislators pointed out that there were roughly 600,000 gotaways in the FY 2022, in addition to over 2.3 million migrant encounters.

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