Biden Administration Cancels Remaining Contracts for Border Wall

A U.S. Border Patrol agent instructs asylum-seeking migrants as they line up along the border wall after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico on a raft, in Penitas, Texas, March 17, 2021. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)

Amid the worsening border crisis, the Biden administration has cancelled the remaining contracts for the border wall project spearheaded under the Trump administration.

Construction on the wall sections in the Laredo and Rio Grande Valley sectors will be halted, the Department of Homeland Security announced Friday in a press release.

Soon after assuming office, President Biden suspended building along the wall while it underwent internal review. The Biden administration then cancelled two contracts that covered approximately 31 miles of territory along the southern border in Texas. Friday’s development is the latest of Biden’s reversals and overhauls to Trump’s immigration policy, the hallmark of which was erecting an expansive high barrier as a deterrent mechanism to migrants.

DHS added that it would conduct an environmental assessment of border barrier “system projects” in the release, specifying that those “activities will not involve any construction of new border barrier or permanent land acquisition.”

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