The agency “intends to cancel the remaining border barrier contracts located within US Border Patrol’s (USBP) Laredo Sector and all border barrier contracts located in the Rio Grande Valley Sector,” it announced Friday.
The unspent money that Congress designated for wall building will be spent on environmental projects — including “biological, cultural, and natural resource surveys” in the border region — preferably, according to the statement.
The announcement came only a week after DHS said it was preparing for up to 400,000 border captures this month alone.
Republicans completely denounced the action.
“Leave it to Biden and his team to cancel border contracts for ‘environmental reasons’ when we have a 21-year high of illegal crossers,” Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford tweeted. “It is obvious that they do not want to stop illegal immigration.”
Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw called out DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for the decision.
About 20,000 refuge seekers from Haiti and other places are reportedly waiting in Colombia to start another approach to the US border — weeks after 30,000 Haitians were located in horrible conditions beneath the International Bridge in Del Rio, Tex. before most were allowed entry.
In July, Senate Republicans announced that the Biden administration had spent billions for border-wall contractors “to watch steel rust in the desert” after suspending the construction projects that had been a key part of President Donald Trump’s tough immigration policy.
"The Administration continues to call on Congress to cancel remaining border wall funding and instead fund smarter border security measures, like border technology and modernization of land ports of entry, that are proven to be more effective at improving safety and security at the border. Until and unless Congress cancels those funds, the law requires DHS to use the funds consistent with their appropriated purpose, and beginning environmental planning activities is part of the Department’s plan to do so," DHS wrote on 8th of October on its website.
"This announcement has no impact on previously approved remediation projects necessary to address life, safety, and environmental restoration issues in the Rio Grande Valley, San Diego, and El Centro Sectors in accordance with the Department’s plan," The website concluded.