Instead on the ramrod way the Trump admin went at it?
The Biden admin is trying talk and work with local’s and other groups to begin to fix problems with the Trump effort and Yes….
Complete sections unfinished…..
He will of course NOT tear the walls down as some have suggested….
All that Donald Trump noise about ‘his’ wall has ended up with a problem left for President Biden to fix….
In the year since President Biden halted border wall construction, his administration has been developing plans to put its own stamp on Trump’s pet project. Biden has waved off calls from activists to tear the structure down and recycle the steel. The president promised while he campaigned that there would “not be another foot,” but his government has been adding new barriers as it shores up 13 miles of flood levees along the Rio Grande and fixes other segments left in a precarious state by the contractors rushing to build right up to Biden’s inauguration.
In recent weeks, CBP officials have been soliciting input from ranchers, environmental advocates, landowners and others as the Biden administration prepares to spend hundreds of millions for border wall remediation. The money, which will include unused construction funds, will go to clean up worksites, stabilize areas facing erosion and remedy some of the worst environmental damage, while also allowing CBP to close gaps in the wall. The precise details — where and how much money — remain undefined.
CBP officials say the efforts will be initially focused on southern Arizona’s Tucson sector, including remote and ecologically fragile areas where the most destructive blasting occurred, such as Guadalupe Canyon, as well as the dry creek beds and channels that surge during summer “monsoon” thunderstorms. Segments of the wall were damaged in flooding last year, and erosion along the base of the structure has left its foundation exposed at multiple locations across southern Arizona.
Republicans have been clamoring for Biden to close gaps in the wall that have become busy crossing points for migrants and smugglers. In some locations those spaces are a few feet across, but they’re far wider in others, and it’s unclear what the Biden administration will consider closing a gap vs. building new barriers….
Trump obtained roughly $15 billion for the wall project, two-thirds of which came from diverted military and counternarcotics funding. The Biden administration said it will return $2.2 billion in unused funds to the Pentagon….
Border security concerns “are real,” he said.* “Human and drug smuggling are real. There is a degree of border security that is needed. The idea of having open borders is not a reality.”
* Myles Traphagen, a conservation biologist who has mapped and documented the impact of border wall construction using motion-activated wildlife cameras