Top border officials are warning Americans about the negative side effects of a Biden administration reversing key border policies implemented by Trump, such as ending construction to the border wall system. Throughout his campaign, Biden has promised to cease all construction of the wall which now has over 400 miles completed. However, many activists and liberals want Biden to take it a step further and destroy the wall altogether, creating more work and increased danger for border agents and American citizens.
Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan believes that if the Biden administration ends Migrant Protection Protocols then the U.S. will be facing another crisis on the southwest border. Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez echoed Morgan’s concerns for Americans if the Biden administration does nothing to help keep the border safe and secure.
“It’s going to have a dramatic, negative impact,” Morgan said during a conference call with reporters on Thursday. “We’ve been saying for awhile, the factual data and historical trends will support this, part of CBP’s strategy…is in fact a multilayered strategy of infrastructure, technology, and personnel. The infrastructure piece, the wall is included in that piece. So it goes without saying, anywhere where we have implemented that multilayered strategy effectively of having infrastructure and technology and personnel, you have seen every possible data point improve.”
“If you remove completely and stop completely and take out one of those critical parts of that multilayered strategy, it’s just common sense that it’s going to negatively impact our ability to accomplish our mission to protect the American people. Make no mistake about it. When you remove the tool, and that’s what it is, the wall, it’s going to have a dramatic negative impact across the board,” Morgan added.
Morgan pointed out that in the aftermath of 9/11, there was bipartisan agreement in Washington, D.C. that the southwest border needed to be more secured, which led to the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
“The very people now that are against building the wall, voted for the wall back then. It’s beyond frustrating. And from my position, I can draw no other conclusion that this is nothing but politics and it’s really unfortunate, in fact, it’s quite disgusting that our ability to protect the American people is going to be negatively impacted because of politics,” Morgan said.
Perez added that the wall is critical for impeding illegal border crossings. The wall helps provide protection for frontline agents against dangerous immigrants attempting to cross the border. While over 400 miles of the wall have been constructed in southwestern states like California, Arizona, and Texas Biden’s plan to end further construction on the wall leaves American borders open to weakness.