Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration will fill gaps in some areas of former President Donald Trump’s border wall as Washington, D.C., has had to face the effects on the illegal immigration crisis following a decision by some Republican governors to transport thousands of illegal immigrants to the nation’s capital.
According to a press release from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas “has authorized U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to execute the Yuma Morelos Dam Project to close four gaps located within an incomplete border barrier project near the Morelos Dam in the U.S. Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector.”
The press release explained that the reasoning behind filling the gaps in the border wall was to protect the safety of illegal immigrants.
“The gaps are located within the former Yuma 6 project area, a border barrier project that was previously funded by the Department of Defense’s (DoD) military construction appropriation pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 2808,” the press release said. “Due to the proximity to the Morelos Dam and the swift moving Colorado River, this area presents safety and life hazard risks for migrants attempting to cross into the United States where there is a risk of drownings and injuries from falls. This area also poses a life and safety risk to first responders and agents responding to incidents in this area.”
The news comes after Washington, D.C., Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser sent a letter to the Department of Defense complaining about the increase in illegal immigrants in the city.
“With pledges from Texas and Arizona to continue these abhorrent operations indefinitely, the situation is dire, and we consider this a humanitarian crisis — one that could overwhelm our social support network without immediate and sustained federal intervention,” Bowser wrote.
“We’ve had a number of discussions,” she said. “We’ve facilitated FEMA’s involvement with a million dollar grant that has now been increased to work with a lead nonprofit agency. We’ve facilitated using those grant funds to set up respite center in a neighboring jurisdiction and I’ve also asked the Secretary of the Army to deploy the D.C. National Guard to help lead that effort.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott responded on Twitter, writing, “D.C. is experiencing a fraction of the disastrous impact the border crisis has caused Texas.”
“Mayor Bowser should stop attacking Texas for securing the border & demand Joe Biden do his job,” Abbott added.
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