(ConservativeSense.com) – Almost three years into his presidency and with the migrant crisis thoroughly out of hand, President Joe Biden finally decided on Wednesday to allow the southern border wall to resume construction by waiving 26 federal laws in Texas.
By using sweeping executive power for the first time that had often been used by former President Donald Trump, the Biden administration has now changed its tune about building a wall. In an announcement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted on the national Federal Registry, a plan was laid out to begin construction on the wall in Starr County, Texas. This part of South Texas is part of an extremely busy sector for border control agents. The government has recorded at least 245,000 illegal crossings in the sector of the Rio Grande Valley in this fiscal year alone.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said that constructing “physical barriers and roads” in the border area of the US “to prevent unlawful entries” constitutes “an acute and immediate need.”
Some of the laws being waived by the DHS to accommodate the wall’s construction include the Endangered Species Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Clean Air Act. An advocate for the Center for Biological Diversity, Laiken Jordahl, condemned the move by Biden. Laiken, who is also a conservative, said the construction in that area “will stop wildlife migrations” as well as “destroy” refuge lands for wildlife. He called the decision “a horrific step backwards” for the area.
The various laws are being waived by the federal government to speed up construction time by avoiding review processes and lawsuits.
Former President Donald Trump responded to the news by demanding that Biden apologize to him for being right about needing a border wall. He told Biden to also apologize to America for taking too long “to get moving” on securing the southern border and “allowing” the country “to be flooded” by millions of illegal immigrants.
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