Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas reportedly is mulling a restart to border wall construction to plug “gaps” in the current barrier.
According to the Washington Times, the subject came up during a talk between Mayorkas and Immigration and Customs Enforcement staffers.
When asked about his plans for the wall, Mayorkas told staffers that while President Joe Biden has issued a stop on construction, “that leaves room to make decisions” on finishing some “gaps in the wall,” the Washington Times reported.
Citing notes of the ICE session that it had reviewed, the news outlet reported Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the wall, has submitted a plan for what it wants to see happen moving forward.
“It’s not a single answer to a single question. There are different projects that the chief of the Border Patrol has presented and the acting commissioner of CBP presented to me,” Mayorkas told the ICE staffers, the Washington Times reported.
“The president has communicated quite clearly his decision that the emergency that triggered the devotion of [Department of Defense] funds to the construction of the border wall is ended. But that leaves room to make decisions as the administration, as part of the administration, in particular areas of the wall that need renovation, particular projects that need to be finished.”