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The Biden administration is returning to the Pentagon billions in funds diverted by President Donald Trump to build the wall at the southwestern border, and plans to cancel all related construction contracts, an administration official told ABC News on Friday.
“Border wall construction under the previous administration tied up more than $14 billion in taxpayer funds, shortchanged our military, and diverted attention away from genuine security challenges, like human traffickers. Rushed and haphazard wall construction also resulted in serious life, safety, and environmental issues,” the official said.
The article goes on to state the following:
Amid its ongoing review to determine the fate of Trump’s border wall, the Biden administration also said it would launch two new projects along the 1,900-mile U.S.-Mexico border: one to fill holes in the Rio Grande Valley levee system left by the wall construction project, and another to address soil erosion in a 14-mile stretch of barrier construction by the Trump administration near San Diego, California.
The unnamed official reportedly told ABC News that neither project would involve building new border fencing.
The official also declared, “As Federal agencies continue to review the problems created by the prior Administration’s border wall construction and develop their plans, today they will start taking initial steps consistent with the President’s Proclamation to reaffirm our commitment to the military and protect border communities.”
Biden will reportedly be returning the money set aside for border wall construction back to the Defense Department, and it will be used “for the hundreds of domestic and overseas projects originally approved by Congress, including military schools and warehouses.”
Republicans have blasted Biden for cancelling the border wall construction, and have shared videos and photos of the wall materials left sitting near the border, that was intended to be used for the wall.
You won’t believe this.
Oversight Republicans just travelled to the southwest border and found MILES of wall pieces piled up & rusting away. This is unacceptable.
— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) April 14, 2021
When I visited the border, I saw exactly where the border wall construction was stopped.
Equipment was left to rust, and the wall still remains unfinished.
Walls work, and it is critical we build this barrier to keep our nation safe and secure. pic.twitter.com/jBLn6L1562
— Ann Wagner (@RepAnnWagner) April 10, 2021
Biden cancels border funding as apprehensions INCREASE across our borders.
Solving the border crisis was never a priority, nor will it ever be. https://t.co/EPL5hGbWoy
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) May 1, 2021
— Ben Siegel (@bensiegel) April 30, 2021
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