The Biden administration on Friday announced that it will use any remaining money designated for the wall at the southern border to address what it described as safety and environmental issues near construction, as it described the project as an example of the Trump administration’s “misplaced priorities.”
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detailed a plan that includes an already announced return of funding back to the Pentagon, and includes steps to end further expansion and address “life, safety and environmental concerns.”
“Wall construction along the Southern border in recent years is just one example of the prior Administration’s misplaced priorities and failure to manage migration in a safe, orderly, and humane way,” the White House said in a fact sheet on the plans.
The Trump administration built more than 450 miles of border wall, much of it repairing existing structures with a system that included steel bollards, cameras, lights and roads for easier access. Critics described the wall as cruel and a sign of xenophobia, but Trump officials described it as a vital part of border security that helped lower illegal immigration.
President Biden campaigned on ending the wall construction and promised that