Biden Admin May Restart Border Wall Construction To “Plug Gaps”

Dr. Munr Kazmir
5 min readApr 9, 2021

This seeming departure for the Biden Administration does not betray progressive principles; it preserves them.

News that the Biden Administration is considering restarting construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall to fill “gaps” that were left when construction was halted has not been met with universal approval from the left.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that the administration was considering finishing “gaps in the wall” during a conversation with ICE employees last week, The Washington Times reported.

“It’s not a single answer to a single question. There are different projects that the chief of the Border Patrol has presented and the acting commissioner of CBP [Customs and Border Protection] presented to me,” Mayorkas said, according to notes from the ICE session.

“The president has communicated quite clearly his decision that the emergency that triggered the devotion of DOD funds to the construction of the border wall is ended. But that leaves room to make decisions as the administration, as part of the administration, in particular areas of the wall that need renovation, particular projects that need to be finished,” Mayorkas reportedly said of border wall construction.

According to Mayorkas, construction could resume in gaps, gates, and other areas where the wall has been built but the planned technology has not yet been installed, the report said. Officials describe the southern border wall as a system that includes technology to allow agents to detect incursions and high-speed roads to allow agents to reach areas of concern faster.

President Biden halted construction of the border wall just days after entering office, giving Homeland Security 60 days to figure out how to proceed within legal limits.

Politico reported last month that President Biden was under investigation by the Government Accountability Office for halting billions of dollars in payments that were scheduled to go out to companies contracted to finish the border wall.

“Now the Government Accountability Office is launching a review to determine whether the new president broke the law by freezing the money in violation of…