On Thursday, the White House released a letter from Biden to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In the letter, he notified Congress that he had rescinded his predecessor’s February 2019 proclamation. Biden ordered a halt to the border wall construction shortly after he took office therefore, this became a mere formality.
In the letter, the president indicated Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to have been ‘’unwarranted’’. He thereby gave a directive that ‘’no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall’’. He also ordered a review of all money spent on the project so far.
Walls under previous administrations.
For decades now, the US has been building border walls under both Democratic and Republican administrations. For Trump, he made the effort a centerpiece of his first presidential campaign. He said he would build a wall along the entire border and also have Mexico pay for it.
Trump took $6 billion from military funds under the national emergency he declared after congress declined his request for wall funding. This even led to the longest government shutdown in the history of the country.
The Supreme Court, however, upheld a legal challenge to Trump’s actions in mid-2019.
At the end of Trump’s administration, the US had completed over 720 kilometers of the new wall construction. The border, however, stretches for a whole 3,200 kilometers. Much of the construction happened in areas that already had some form of barrier. Previous administrations considered these areas dangerous points.
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