The Defense Department on Friday canceled projects related to Donald Trump’s border wall that were being financed with diverted defense funds.
This action is carried out “in accordance with the proclamation” of President Joe Biden and on these funds “steps will be taken to return the remaining uncommitted funds to their proper purpose as permitted by law,” as indicated by the deputy spokesperson. of the Pentagon, Jamal Brown.
Likewise, the Biden Administration has indicated that it would use 1.4 billion dollars to repair the environmental damage of the construction of the wall, such as the flood barriers in the Rio Grande Valley and soil erosion in San Diego, according to ‘The Hill’.
“The construction of the border wall under the previous administration immobilized more than $ 14 billion in taxpayer funds, bypassed our military and diverted attention from real security challenges,” the White House said in a statement. “The hasty and disorderly construction of the wall also led to serious life, safety and environmental problems,” he added.
President Joe Biden issued an order on his first day in the White House to halt construction of the wall, one of Trump’s top priorities.
Trump made the construction of the wall one of his great promises before reaching the White House and, once in power, he continued to insist on this controversial initiative, for which he promised to make Mexico pay. The former president applied a zero tolerance policy on the border.
Biden, on the other hand, has advocated a thorough review of immigration policies to ensure a more humane approach, which for now – and pending practical application – has earned him applause from human rights organizations.