Republicans slam Biden, Mayorkas after several border wall contracts end
Congressional Republicans have spoken after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Friday that they were canceling a list of Trump-era border wall contracts in Texas.
In a DHS statement, the agency said it was canceling the remaining border contracts in the US Border Patrol (USBP) Laredo and Rio Grande areas.
Among high-level GOP members who reacted angrily, Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) called on DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to face impeachment.
“DHS secretary Mayorkas, during border crisis, cancels border wall contracts. Destitute Mayorkas,” he tweeted.
In another tweet, Crenshaw called the decision a dereliction of duty and referred to a large number of migrants crossing the US-Mexico border.
“The RGV [Rio Grande Valley] is still the hardest hit, regularly processing more than 10,000 meetings per week, ”he said.
Additionally, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) Also posted a message on Twitter, stating that canceling the border wall contracts “would not solve Biden’s border crisis.”
Congressional Republicans have opposed DHS actions along the country’s southern border since President Joe Biden first suspended construction of the border wall when he took office in January and called for a review border-related projects.
In place of the construction of the border wall in Texas, the government will begin coordinating activities which, according to DHS, “include additional surveys of biological, cultural and natural resources for project areas where no data has been available.” previously collected ”.
These actions, the agency said, were in line with the standards of the national environmental protection law with respect to border areas.
The Biden administration also reiterated its call on Congress to cancel all remaining border wall contracts and “instead fund smarter border security measures, such as border technology and upgrades to land ports of entry,” which have been shown to be more effective in improving border security and safety. “
The theme of strengthening border security has become a hot topic as thousands of migrants from Haiti have recently arrived at the southern border. The majority made the decision to seek refuge after being driven out of Haiti by a wave of political instability, natural disasters and the assassination of the Haitian president.
In particular, critics of President Biden’s border policy have pointed to the continued practice of Title 42 evictions. An emergency order initiated by former President Donald Trump regarding COVID, Title 42 allows customs and protection United States Borders (CBP) to immediately deport border crossers without having the opportunity to argue their case in immigration court.
The continued practice of Title 42 deletions has sparked controversy, with opponents of the ordinance ridiculing it as unethical. The Biden administration defended its use in court as late as September.
News week contacted the office of DHS secretary Mayorkas for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.