Biden lifts state of emergency on US southern border
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President Joe Biden lifts state of emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border, ending additional federal funding for the wall along the southern border.
Biden announced the lifting of the state of emergency on Thursday in a letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. The state of emergency on the southern border of the United States was introduced by former President Donald Trump in February 2019. Biden called this decision “unfounded”.
Biden also ordered that “American taxpayer funds should no longer be redirected to the construction of the border wall.” Building a wall on the border with Mexico was one of the priorities of the Trump administration.
The previous administration erected about 724 kilometers of the wall, which is a steel fence over 9 meters high. In total, it was planned to build a wall with a length of 1,192 kilometers.
On the first day in office, Biden signed an order to temporarily suspend the construction of the wall, and announced that the administration headed by him was going to finally stop this process..
Trump declared a southern border state of emergency after Congress approved only $ 1.375 billion in 2019 to build the wall, while the President asked for $ 5.7 billion. The state of emergency allowed Trump to reallocate and channel more than $ 6 billion on the construction of the wall, intended for the implementation of other federal projects, including over $ 3.5 billion in military construction..
Trump’s decision was challenged in court by a coalition of plaintiffs, which included, among others, environmental groups, landowners and the American Civil Liberties Union. The lawsuit was due to be heard in the Supreme Court this month, but the hearings were canceled at the request of the Biden administration..
Biden’s decision to end the redirection of additional funds for the construction of the wall does not mean that the more than 3,000 troops currently supporting the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection at the southern border will be immediately redeployed..
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the presidential order will not affect the situation instantly, since “this mission is funded by the end of the year.” However, Kirby did not rule out that Biden could order the Department of Defense to immediately terminate the mission at the border..
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