Biden administration to close border wall gaps in Arizona

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By Priscilla Alvarez and Kate Sullivan, CNN

(CNN). United States.

The Yuma Morelos Dam project will fill four gaps located within an “incomplete border barrier project” near the dam, the Department of Homeland Security said in a release. The gaps in the wall not only posed “risks to life and safety for migrants,” but also posed “risks to life and safety” for first responders in the area.

Upon taking office, President Joe Biden called for a review of ongoing border wall projects and rescinded the national emergency declaration approved by his predecessor, which allowed then-President Donald Trump to draw on additional funds to build his signature border wall.

The Biden administration has terminated several border wall contracts and has also returned some property Landowners who have fought land grabs in court for years.

But DHS said in December it plans to fill small gaps in the US-Mexico border wall and making adjustments to prevent flooding and complete previous access road construction.

Democratic Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona, who faces a tough re-election this fall, praised the decision to close the gaps in the wall. He said in a statement that he first urged the president to approve the December loophole closures and had “numerous calls” with the White House and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The Biden administration has been criticized by allies and critics alike for its management of the US southern border. The government has struggled to cope with an influx of migrants arriving at the border, and lawsuits and infighting have stalled policy changes, resulting in more of the same Trump immigration policies.

The Supreme Court earlier this month refused to freeze a lower court order that prevented DHS from implementing new immigration enforcement priorities. The court’s 5-4 order was a loss for the Biden administration, which is trying to return to Obama-era policies that limit immigrant arrests to focus on security risks, rather than the more aggressive approach of the Trump administration. Government.

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