Border Wall


(RepublicanWire.org) – Arizona officials have decided that they are done waiting on the federal government to fill the gaps left in the unfinished border wall. On Friday, Arizona started placing shipping containers to block off the three remaining gaps along the border in Yuma.

“The federal government has committed to doing this, but we cannot wait for their action,” said Katie Ratlief, Governor Doug Ducey’s deputy chief of staff.

To block off the remaining border sections, Arizona is using shipping containers stacked on top of one another. The containers are 60 feet wide and 9 feet high. At the top of the containers, officials plan to place razor wire, Ratlief reported.

On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security declared that former President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy would be coming to an end. The policy required illegal immigrants to remain in Mexico while waiting for their hearing dates in the United States.

In 2018, when the policy was announced, former Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen said the program would help regain control of the illegal immigration crisis. “Aliens trying to game the system to get into our country illegally will no longer be able to disappear into the United States, where many skip their court dates. Instead, they will wait for an immigration court decision while they are in Mexico. ‘Catch and release’ will be replaced with ‘catch and return.’”

The Biden administration’s DHS stated that the policy would be terminated this week because it “has endemic flaws, imposes unjustifiable human costs, and pulls resources and personnel away from other priority efforts to secure our border.”

Annie Foster, Ducey’s top lawyer, stated that the program was not correctly implemented, and thousands of migrants never returned to Mexico. She stated, “Bottom line is that the federal government has a duty to protect the states — that’s part of the contract, that’s part of the constitution. They failed to do that.”

The end to the policy prompted Arizona officials to act. Ducey plans to use the remaining $6 million left over from the canceled program to add virtual and physical fencing to the border gaps.

The state does not currently have permission from the federal government to block off the wall. However, officials believe the remaining 3,000 feet can be filled within days.

Foster said, “At this point, we are closing that gap and we’ll figure out the consequences as we move forward.”

In late July, the Biden administration authorized the completion of the border wall near Yuma. The administration cited that filling the gaps would protect immigrants from injuring themselves by slipping down a slope or drowning in the river.

Arizona officials reported that they had not seen any attempts made by the federal government to move forward on the promised plans to close the gaps.

(RepublicanWire.org) – When former President Donald Trump took office, he vowed to construct a new barrier at America’s southern border. “Trump’s Wall” was one of his most controversial campaign promises.

But when Joe Biden moved into the Oval Office, he immediately stopped construction on the new and improved wall. Afterward, the country saw massive spikes in undocumented migrant activity.

Now, Texas is working hard to protect their state — and Operation Lone Star just got a surprise present.

Gov. Greg Abbott leveled multiple lawsuits at the Biden administration in 2021, alleging “dereliction of duty” in regards to the President’s lax border approach.

On top of that, the Supreme Court ordered Biden to re-implement Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program, though Texas complained that the administration didn’t bring it back quickly enough.

And through it all, Abbott maintains that Biden’s team hasn’t helped the border crisis much at all. If anything, the situation has only worsened.

However, it’s actually the federal government that just helped out, even though the order didn’t come from the President himself. And the border wall project should be able to surge forward.

Via Washington Examiner:

The federal government donated millions of dollars’ worth of border wall material to Texas as the state continues the construction project defunded by the Biden administration.

More than 1,700 steel panels now designated as surplus property of the federal government were shipped from California to Texas last week to be used in Gov. Greg Abbott’s state-funded barrier on the Mexican border.

It was Texas that made the initial request: back in November, the Texas Facilities Commission asked for the 32-foot steel bollard panels.

These come from the General Services Administration, which handles the distribution of property the government no longer needs. These materials will be crucial for creating stronger, longer-lasting sections of border wall.

When Abbott broke ground for the first part of the new barrier in December, he made it clear that they’d need a little help to complete the project.

That’s why they’ve continued to petition the federal government for unused building material. And when Biden stopped construction on the wall, $265 million worth of goods were simply left in the desert.

As far as Texas is concerned, none of that should go to waste.

After all, the Trump administration cleared the funds used to purchase those materials. And even if Biden later defunded the project, those building items have already been crafted and sent.

These panels are worth about $6 million and are enough to construct approximately 1.7 miles of border. Additionally, Gov. Abbott allocated over $1B to the project, with over $55M from private donations.

“Operation Lone Star” is about protecting the residents of Texas, and more generally the entire United States.

And it seems they’re determined to do this, with or without President Biden’s assistance.