More days than not, the Biden administration leaves you shaking your head in exasperation as they deliver one terrible decision after another. On Wednesday, however, they actually announced a good decision—let's build a wall to help solve the disastrous, self-created border crisis.
A wall! What a great idea. Too bad nobody ever thought of that before. Or maybe someone once did...?
Here's the newest plan, as announced by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas:
The Biden administration announced they waived 26 federal laws in South Texas to allow border wall construction on Wednesday, marking the administration’s first use of a sweeping executive power employed often during the Trump presidency.
The Department of Homeland Security posted the announcement on the U.S. Federal Registry with few details outlining the construction in Starr County, Texas, which is part of a busy Border Patrol sector seeing “high illegal entry.” According to government data, about 245,000 illegal entries have been recorded in this region during the current fiscal year.
BREAKING: The Biden administration says there is an “immediate need” to wave regulations and build a border wall as the migrant crisis spirals out of control.— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) October 5, 2023
Remarkable. 4 years ago this was “racist.” Now they’re advocating for it.
"There is presently an acute and immediate… pic.twitter.com/OREJNUkWcl
Not only is it ironic that Biden is building a wall after putting an end to former President Donald Trump's efforts to put one up, but he's waiving 26 environmental laws—including the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act—to do so. This is the same man who continually lectures us about environmental issues and climate change.
Mayorkas warned the situation has grown dire:
"There is presently an acute and immediate need to construct physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the border of the United States in order to prevent unlawful entries into the United States in the project areas,” Mr. Mayorkas said in an official filing in the Federal Register. “In order to ensure the expeditious construction of the barriers and roads in the project areas, I have determined that it is necessary that I exercise the authority that is vested in me by section 102(c) of IIRIRA."
Note that the "acute and immediate need" is happening under his and Joe Biden's watch. In fact, the president has seemingly welcomed the unprecedented surge in illegal immigrants and paved the way for the human tsunami with decisions like this:
BIDEN (2020): "There will not be another foot of wall constructed in my administration!"— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 4, 2023
Today, Biden's DHS secretary declared an "immediate need" to build 20+ miles of border wall in Texas. pic.twitter.com/QvB1aC30C1
The administration had put a halt to new border wall construction in early 2021, after then-candidate Biden had promised there would be "not another foot of wall constructed during my administration." The administration said that wall construction under the Trump administration was "just one example of the prior Administration’s misplaced priorities and failure to manage migration in a safe, orderly, and humane way."
Anyone who has been paying attention knows that there's nothing "safe, orderly, and humane" happening on the Rio Grande.
You knew Donald Trump would have something to say about this apparent embarrassing about-face by Biden and Co., and he didn't disappoint:
"President Trump is always right," the Trump campaign said in a statement to Fox News Digital. "That’s why he built close to 500 miles of powerful new wall on the border and it would have been finished by now. Instead, Crooked Joe Biden turned our country into one giant sanctuary for dangerous criminal aliens."
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) needed only two words to sum up the situation:
Impeach Mayorkas. https://t.co/7vbaWZU9Ov— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 4, 2023