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Report: Mayorkas weighing return to border wall construction

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Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas is reportedly mulling a return to construction of the southern border wall to fill in “gaps” in the current barrier.

The topic reportedly came up during a meeting between Mayorkas and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees, according to a Tuesday Washington Times report.

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“The president has communicated quite clearly his decision that the emergency that triggered the devotion of DOD funds to the construction of the border wall is ended,” the DHS secretary reportedly told the group.

“But that leaves room to make decisions as the administration, as part of the administration, in particular areas of the wall that need renovation, particular projects that need to be finished.”

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Mayorkas reportedly said some of that would include “gaps,” “gates” and areas “where the wall has been completed but the technology has not been implemented.”

Talking about the plan submitted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Mayorkas reportedly told those in the meeting, “It’s not a single answer to a single question. There are different projects that the chief of the Border Patrol has presented and the acting commissioner of CBP presented to me.”

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Construction of former President Donald Trump’s signature project was halted by President Joe Biden the day he was sworn in. According to The Washington Times, the previous administration constructed about 460 miles of the wall, with most of that being in areas a barrier already existed but didn’t prevent anyone crossing the border by foot.

Trump himself was excited by the possible shift in policy by his successor.

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“I think it’s great that they reversed themselves, but a lot of damage was done because we were gonna have that wall almost complete. You know, it delayed two and a half years because of lawsuits,” Trump told Newsmax on Tuesday.

“We started building it and we were almost finished and then they called an end to it. And it’s, you know, just incredible. But if they agree that they’re going to complete it — there’s very little to complete. If they agree that they’re going to complete it, that’s a great thing. That’s a very positive step.”

Asked about the Washington Times report during Tuesday’s press briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “Wall construction remains paused to the extent permitted by law, so some has already been funded through congressional authorization.”

“When the administration took office funds had been diverted from congressionally appropriated military construction projects and other appropriated purposes toward building the wall. Federal agencies are continuing to review wall contracts and develop a plan to submit to the president soon. It is paused. There is some limited construction that has been funded and allocated for but it is otherwise paused.”

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Migrants refuse to go to Brooklyn cruise terminal shelter, return to Manhattan hotel

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It’s the details bleeding heart liberals fail to think about. Take New York City as a perfect example where the liberal city cannot welcome hundreds of thousands of migrants with open arms as it says the rest of the country should do.

Last week saracarter.com reported on how the Big Apple was turning a Brooklyn Cruise ship terminal into shelter for migrant families flooding into the city. That plan has already backfired.

More than 50 migrants camped outside the Watson Hotel in Manhattan in protest against the cruise terminal. On Sunday night over a dozen police officers responded to the hotel to provide crowd control.

One activist told the New York Post that the migrants feel the shelter is “not livable” after several migrants went to the Terminal shelter over the weekend but promptly returned to the hotel.

The migrants preferred to sleep outside the hotel saying that the shelter had no heat, privacy or blankets.

The migrants hung a banner demanding permanent free housing and to “cancel rent.”

A spokesperson for Mayor Eric Adams said the city continues to “surpass our moral obligations” in caring for the influx of migrants.

“More than 42,000 asylum seekers have arrived in New York City since last spring and we continue to surpass our moral obligations as we provide asylum seekers with shelter, food, health care, education, and a host of other services,” spokesperson Fabien Levy told the New York Post.

“The facilities at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will provide the same services as every other humanitarian relief center in the city, and the scheduled relocations to Brooklyn Cruise Terminal this weekend took place as planned,” Levy added. “We remain in serious need of support from both our state and federal governments.”

 

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