UPDATED 7:54 PM PT – Friday, October 8, 2021
Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security has continued to reverse the Trump administration’s efforts to secure the southern border through the construction of a border wall. On Friday, the DHS released a statement to announce it was canceling all remaining barrier contracts with the CBP’s Laredo and Rio Grande sectors.
Instead, the agency said it would conduct environmental research on areas where border wall construction did not start.
“Environmental planning activities will cover projects funded with DHS’s Fiscal Year 2018 to 2021 barrier system appropriations where construction had not started,” the statement read. “These activities include additional biological, cultural, and natural resource surveys for project areas where no data have been previously collected. ”
DHS officials vowed to implement other border security policies such as developing border technology and land ports of entry. The agency added previously authorized “remediation projects addressing life, safety, environmental issues” would not be impacted by the recent termination.
Consistent with the DHS border barrier plan, @CBP, in coordination with the @USACEHQ, intends to cancel the remaining border barrier contracts located within the Laredo Sector and all border barrier contracts located in the Rio Grande Valley Sector. https://t.co/ZkI0vYnmWn
— Homeland Security (@DHSgov) October 8, 2021
The announcement comes as Republican lawmakers have continued to slam the Biden administration for the lack of action at the border. Many of the lawmakers said they presented solutions to the administration for the border crisis, but said they haven’t received any responses.