Congressman Bruce Westerman's Weekly Column: Finish the Wall

Finish the Wall

President Joe Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas quietly approved a plan to complete a section of the border wall near Yuma, Arizona, filling four major gaps in the wall. Those four gaps have resulted in the Yuma area becoming one of the busiest hubs of illegal immigration.

Secretary Mayorkas claims the project is an effort to “deploy modern, effective border measures” to improve “safety and security along the Southwest Border.” Has this not been the solution Republicans have pushed from the beginning? As glad as I am to see President Biden renege on his campaign promise of “not another foot,” of the border wall, I am skeptical President Biden will do what it takes to fully regain control of our southern border. Clearly, he no longer believes the border wall is “xenophobic” and “racist,” as he previously repeatedly claimed, but controlling the border would mean bucking the radical left that continually pushes for open border policies.

Some Democrats seem to see the writing on the wall. Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) joined Republicans in our call to secure the border. Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is asking the National Guard to mobilize to help deal with the migrants who have been bused from the border to her city. When faced with the chaos border states have experienced since Biden’s first days in office, Democrat Mayor Bowser is quick to call the situation a “humanitarian crisis” and decry the emergency as a “federal issue that demands a federal response.”

The crisis at our southern border is an issue that affects all of us. Since President Biden took office, over 3.1 million illegal immigrants have been apprehended at our border. Over 1 million of whom have been allowed to settle in the U.S. So far in FY2022, 8,400 pounds of fentanyl have been seized by Border Patrol, double the total for all of FY2020. Further, there have been over 500,000 known “got-aways” at our southern border since October 2021. With opioid overdose deaths continually on the rise, it begs the question: how much fentanyl has successfully been smuggled past our overwhelmed border agents?

President Biden must stop playing politics. The people of Yuma and across our country deserve to be protected by their President, as he promised. President Biden clearly sees the benefit of the wall, as demonstrated by his recent actions. Instead of slowly piecemealing the wall together as quietly as possible, I urge President Biden to boldly stanch the flood of migrants and secure our border.


8-5-22 10:18 AM KAWX.ORG