President Biden has ended the Trump-era emergency order used to construct the southern border wall. In 2019, trump declared a national emergency at the border which helped to loosen the limits of taxpayer funding on the wall. This is the latest move by the Biden administration to rescind Trump-era policies related to immigration.
The Hill reports:
President Biden has rescinded the emergency order used by former President Trump to justify construction of the border wall, the White House announced Thursday.
“I have determined that the declaration of a national emergency at our southern border was unwarranted,” Biden wrote in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“I have also announced that it shall be the policy of my administration that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall, and that I am directing a careful review of all resources appropriated or redirected to that end.”
The proclamation is a final step from Biden after issuing an executive order on day one questioning the validity of Trump’s national emergency and ordering a pause on all border wall construction.
While any new construction of the wall has been halted by Biden, over 350 miles have already been constructed. Some Democrats say this isn’t enough and want the entire wall torn down, effectively throwing millions of dollars and the countless hours spent on construction down the drain.