Mexico’s leftist president said late this week that the Biden administration told him that they do not want to a build a border wall in between the U.S. and Mexico and that news reports this week that the administration was resuming construction of the wall in Texas was about publicity.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced on the U.S. Federal Register this week that the situation on the southern border makes it “necessary to waive certain laws, regulations, and other legal requirements” in order to ensure the expeditious construction of “physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the border of the United States in order to prevent unlawful entries into the United States.”
The announcement named multiple areas within the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector that are areas of “high illegal entry” that the administration has designated as “project areas.”
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at a press conference that the announcement was “pure publicity,” which came as top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, visited Mexico on Thursday.
AMLO blamed “far right political groups in the United States” for making illegal immigration a top political issue in the U.S., and blamed Republicans for “acting very irresponsibly.”
“This authorization for the construction of the wall is a step backward,” he claimed. “It doesn’t solve the problem. It doesn’t solve the problem. We have to address the causes.”
Biden responded to the news that the administration was going to be building sections of border wall in South Texas by saying that there was nothing he could do to stop it.
“On the border wall, the border wall when money was appropriated for the border wall, I tried to get them to reappropriate, to redirect that money,” Biden said. “They didn’t, they wouldn’t. And in the meantime, there’s nothing under the law other than they have to use the money for whatever it’s appropriated. I can’t stop that.”
When asked if he believes that border walls work, Biden responded: “No.”