Biden’s DHS uses border wall funds to conduct ‘environmental planning’

President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is spending border wall funds, previously allocated by Congress to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, to address “life, security, [and] environmental problems.

In July 2021, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced the administration’s plans to spend US taxpayer dollars on a host of issues, including environmental restoration, rather than expanding the wall. existing border built under the Trump administration.

On Friday, Mayorkas detailed plans to close some of the border wall gaps that have remained since Biden halted all border wall construction in late January 2021.

As part of this effort, Mayorkas said in a press release that DHS is “moving forward with projects in the San Diego, El Centro, Yuma, El Paso and Rio Grande Valley areas to meet the requirements of life, safety, environment or other corrective measures”. according to [DHS’s] plan the use of funds for border barriers.

The DHS press release states:

DHS continues to review other suspended border fence projects with life, safety, environmental, or other corrective action needs. and started environmental planningto include planning in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for projects not yet completed in accordance with the Department’s plan. [Emphasis added]

Mayorkas also noted that DHS “continues to ask Congress to reverse remaining appropriations for the construction of barrier systems” as part of an initiative to cut funding for the border wall so the agency doesn’t have to. more to spend the funds to fill some gaps.

According to DHS, a portion of the border wall funds will be allocated to:

Replacement of an existing dilapidated train door with a modernized train door in El Centro to address the current risks to the lives and safety of officers and migrants due to regular train operations. [Emphasis added]

Construction of retractable gates under an existing bridge over the New River in Imperial County, California to deal with the risks associated with extremely dangerous river waters. [Emphasis added]

Construction of a gate for trains and vehicles in the El Paso area to address the current risks to the lives and safety of officers and migrants due to regular train operations. [Emphasis added]

Replacement of the deteriorated barrier located next to the Friendship Circle in Imperial County, California which has not been properly treated to resist corrosion from nearby ocean waters and currently poses safety risks to Border Patrol agents, community members and migrants. [Emphasis added]

Bridging a Gap by Building a Vertical Liftgate System Over the Tijuana River to address safety issues resulting from the polluted conditions of the river channel. [Emphasis added]

Fill a small void in the Yuma sector that remains from the previous construction of a border fence activities and poses a risk to the lives and safety of officers and the community. [Emphasis added]

Completed 17 gates and carried out site clearance work in the Rio Grande Valley sector, which currently makes it difficult for Border Patrol agents to gain effective access to certain areas and for first responders to respond to incidents. [Emphasis added]

Last year, Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA) accused the Biden administration of misusing border wall funds to restore plants that were “trampled by illegal immigrants” along the southern border.

Meanwhile, exclusive footage taken by Breitbart News in San Diego, California shows large holes in the border wall – aiding Mexico’s billion-dollar human trafficking and drug trafficking business.


“Border wall materials are literally rusting in Southern California,” a source told Breitbart News. The source also noted that about eight miles of California’s border with Mexico remains wide open with no border barriers.

In March 2021, Breitbart News exclusively reported that Biden was spending around $6 million a day in taxpayer money not to build the border wall. By July, Biden had spent $2 billion not to build the wall, with costs stabilizing at around $3 million in wasted taxpayer money every day.

This week, the senses. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced legislation that would turn over unused border wall materials, already paid for by taxpayers, to states who could then continue building the barrier.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter here.


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