President Biden’s stop order could save the government $11 billion in funding…
Donald Trump used the wall as a campaign slogan in his campaign for President and promised Mexico would pay for it….
They never did….
Trump gave the American taxpayers the bill….
Biden will work with Congress to spend the money someplace else….
Biden continues to ‘undo’ Donald Trump’s screw ups….
“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.)….
Trump issued the national emergency at the border in early 2019 after repeatedly butting heads with lawmakers over funding for the project. The emergency declaration loosened the limits on taxpayer funding, paving the way for Trump to divert funds originally intended for other agencies.
But the move landed his administration in court, as environmental groups and the American Civil Liberties Union challenged $2.5 billion in Department of Defense spending that had been diverted to complete construction.
Trump first floated the idea of a border wall on the campaign trail, repeatedly insisting that Mexico would pay for its construction. But in early 2020 Customs and Border Protection reported it had found $11 billion in fundingfor the wall.
The letter was welcome news to members of Congress long opposed to the wall who argued a physical barrier would do little to address immigration or security concerns….
“The President has directed the Executive Branch to undertake an assessment of ‘the legality of the funding and contracting methods used to construct the wall,'” the administration wrote to the court earlier this month….