Biden administrator missed 60-day deadline for post-Trump border wall plan

  • The Biden administration missed the March 20 deadline to develop a plan for Trump’s border wall.
  • Officials have yet to choose to cancel or change multibillion-dollar construction contracts.
  • A plan will come “soon,” a statement told Insider.

President Joe Biden’s administration has passed the 60-day deadline in which it said it would develop a plan for former President Donald Trump’s border wall.

Biden signed a proclamation on Jan.20, his first day in office, ordering work to stop within seven days. From that point on, almost all border wall constructions were halted.

The hiatus gave the administration 60 days to work out a plan to reallocate the multibillion-dollar contracts signed by Trump officials with various construction companies.

The 60 days should also be enough to find legal ways to redirect funding from the border wall to other projects.

The 60th day was Saturday March 20, which happened without a plan. Officials told Insider they would find out “soon,” citing pending legal cases as a possible cause for the delay.

A spokesperson for the Bureau of Management and Budget – one of the agencies overseeing the project – said in a statement:

“When the administration took office, funds had been diverted from military construction and other appropriate purposes towards the construction of the wall, and the construction of the wall was contested in multiple lawsuits by plaintiffs who alleged that the construction created serious environmental and safety problems.

“Under these circumstances, federal agencies continue to develop a plan for submission to the president soon.”

The spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for a more precise timetable.

As the 60-day deadline ran out last week, Insider spoke to political experts about what to expect when the time runs out.

David J. Bier, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, correctly predicted that the deadline would likely be extended.

Citing his conversations with administration officials, he said the wall was simply not the center of attention as the Biden administration faced a significant increase in the number of border crossings.

“Nobody is saying the border wall is some kind of a solution to what’s going on,” Bier told Insider at the time. “Nobody thinks ‘if only we finish the fence.’ Everyone is focusing on: ‘How do we deal with the people we deal with?’

A wave at the border

On Sunday, the head of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, was questioned about the thousands of unaccompanied minors trying to enter the United States.

According to the Washington Post, there are now 5,000 children in CBP care and 10,000 in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Mayorkas told CNN’s State of the Union that DHS “was working around the clock” to get children out of the facilities.

He blamed the Trump administration for dismantling much of the humane treatment infrastructure.

As Susan Rice, Biden’s domestic policy adviser told The Post, “We basically have to build the plane while we fly.”

It is not clear whether the shortcomings or weaknesses of the incomplete border wall contributed to the surge. Some people near the border have said that work under Trump did not make the border more secure and at times was counterproductive.

Laiken Jordahl, activist for the Center for Biological Diversity, called for the complete restoration of border areas once protected and ruined by the construction of walls.

He told Insider last week that people smuggling can be made easier by access roads cut by construction companies, a legacy of building the wall.

“Whether the wall is built or not is largely irrelevant as we continually see people jumping over the wall within seconds,” he told Insider last week.

And it looks like the border wall – whether ultimately left without maintenance, completed, or demolished – will remain in limbo for the foreseeable future.

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