US Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar has condemned the administration of Joe Biden for the continued construction of former Republican President Donald Trump’s “xenophobic and racist” wall along the US-Mexico border.
“It’s shameful and unacceptable for @POTUS to continue the construction of Trump’s xenophobic and racist wall,” Omar said on Twitter, after it was reported on Wednesday that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees that the Biden administration was considering finishing certain “gaps” in construction.
US Customs and Border Protection has reportedly submitted plans for further construction of the controversial wall which Trump was building despite strong opposition from human rights groups.
Trump had claimed the wall was needed to curb illegal immigration and drug trafficking across the southern border.
Democrats, however, called the wall immoral, ineffective and expensive.
President Biden stopped some funds related to constructing the wall, and later overturned the emergency order that Trump used to justify constructing the wall.
However, Biden now is reportedly considering the resumption of the construction of the project despite the fact that it could prove extremely difficult as much of the border terrain is rugged, hilly terrain while other areas are controlled by private land owners.
Mayorkas reportedly told ICE employees that the cancellation of funds “leaves room to make decision” on finishing “some gaps in the wall.”
“The president has communicated quite clearly his decision that the emergency that triggered the devotion of [Department of Defense] funds to the construction of the border wall is ended,” Mayorkas was reported as saying. “But that leaves room to make decisions as the administration, as part of the administration, in particular areas of the wall that need renovation, particular projects that need to be finished.”
Critics have denounced the Biden administration for unravelling strict border protections put in place by Trump, including measures that kept migrants in Mexico while they waited for their cases to be processed.