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One of President Donald Trump’s signature pledges during his 2016 campaign was to build a wall along the length of the U.S.-Mexico border, but now that his reelection is in doubt, so, too, is the future of the wall.
After much delay thanks to a recalcitrant GOP congressional majority during his first two years, as well as successful federal court challenges by Democrat-aligned left-wing groups favoring unlimited immigration, the president managed to secure wall funding by tapping Defense Department funds.
And by the end of the year, some 450 miles of new and improved border wall will have been built.
But what happens to wall construction if President Trump’s legal challenges to alleged voting irregularities fall short and Joe Biden indeed becomes the next president?
The former vice president has pledged to end the construction.
“His obsession with building a wall does nothing to address security challenges while costing taxpayers billions of dollars,” says Biden’s campaign website. “Most contraband comes in through our legal ports of entry.”
“There will not be another foot of wall constructed on my administration, number one,” Biden told National Public Radio earlier this year. “I’m going to make sure that we have border protection, but it’s going to be based on making sure that we use high-tech capacity to deal with it.”
According to Politico on Saturday, Biden will halt wall construction and once again loosen immigration policies. And it may also mean pulling National Guard troops the Trump administration sent to the border to assist Department of Homeland Security agents as well.
“Beyond the wall, the president-elect’s broader immigration plans represent a complete reversal of the Trump administration’s policies over the past several years — and he can accomplish much of it fairly easily,” Politico predicted.
“Biden wants to expand opportunities for legal immigration, including family and work-based visas as well as access to humanitarian visa programs,” the outlet added. “Biden’s immediate moves would largely entail rescinding various actions initiated under Trump that barred immigrants from certain countries and curtailed legal immigration, including new restrictions on asylum and rules making it harder for poor immigrants to obtain legal status.”
That said, Biden has also faced no shortage of criticism for President Barack Obama’s immigration policies, which included the first use of “cages” to house migrant children, among others.
Also, the 44th president was also nicknamed “Deporter-in-Chief” for the record number of removal orders during his eight years in office while Biden served as his vice president.
In addition to reversing Trump’s immigration policies, Biden also plans to issue a flurry of executive orders if he does, in fact, take office Jan. 20, 2021.
“The policy team, the transition policy teams, are focusing now very much on executive power,” a close Biden ally reportedly told the Washington Post. “I expect that to be freely used in a Biden administration at this point if the Senate becomes a roadblock.”
At present, the Senate is on pace to remain in Republican hands.
Besides immigration, Biden’s executive orders will also address issues related to climate change and health care, the Post added.
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