White House Approves Border Wall Construction

Facing mounting criticism for its ineffective immigration policies, the Biden administration is now completing a section of the border wall separating California and Mexico.

The Trump-era project’s fulfillment will close a section of the border wall in the farthest-western point of the United States. The exact location is San Diego’s Friendship Park, long noted for allowing those separated by the border to see and touch from the U.S. and Tijuana sides.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) authorities assert that the effort merely “replaces” parts of the wall, but its effect is to permanently close the U.S. side. Plans do not include an entrance from the American part of the park, which will prevent meeting with those on the other side.

Local activists are up in arms about the White House’s approval of completing the project. They say the primary and secondary border fences are to be replaced with 30-foot walls.

The Rev. John Fanestil of the Border Church called it a “complete desecration of this historic location.” For decades there have been “visiting hours” at the site.

What is fascinating is to note the about-face taken by the Biden White House after his almost “read my lips” declaration.

Immediately upon taking office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order stopping Trump’s border construction. Candidate Biden famously promised “there will not be another foot of wall constructed in my administration.”

Of course, this is the same Candidate Biden who promised the border would be protected using “high-tech” means.

Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas recently cleared dozens of previously approved border wall projects with a $2.5 billion price tag.

The Center for Immigration Studies reports that almost 2 million migrants have been released into the country since Biden took office. That number is larger than the population of 13 states and the District of Columbia. It’s enough to make one wonder what high-tech equipment he’s using.

The hypocrisy of the administration’s words and actions are stunning, not to mention misplaced. A traditional and controlled meeting place on the border is closed, while hundreds of miles and more of the porous border lie wide open. The only thing missing there is a welcome sign.