On Thursday the Biden administration directed that the Yuma Morelos Dam Project be finished in Arizona. This would close “four gaps” at the southern border of the porous area.
According to the Associated Press ,, this effort was backed and supported by the former president Donald Trump. This basically vindicating conservatives that backed tighter security in the area.
The Department of Homeland Security said that the effort will mitigate the risks for migrants, as “the area presents safety and life hazard risks,” according to a statement.
Of course, it is not normal for the government to boast about such a feat, since they are opposed to the idea of building a wall. On day one of the Biden White House, they ordered a “pause” of border wall construction and scrapped other Trump-era immigration policies. This quick action arguably contributed to the continuing border crisis. The decision to close the Yuma gap is too late. The materials were left at the border when they could have been used to stop the humanitarian catastrophe plaguing the border communities.
In the fiscal year 2022, which ends in September, there have been 235,230 migrant encounters, according to Customs and Border Protection data. It is third in Texas’s highest-ranking sector and trails only the Rio Grande Valley or Del Rio.
As Yuma’s KYMA reported on Wednesday, the influx of migrants at the border puts an unbelievable strain on local authorities, as they have to fulfill the roles that the federal government cannot.
Texas and Arizona have done almost every thing to address the border crisis. This includes the controversial decision of busing migrants to East Coast towns like Washington D.C .
9 days since @MayorBowser requested @SecDef @ @POTUS activate @DCNationalGuard DC has received no answer. @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/Ndwvh7MoMh
— Mark Segraves (@SegravesNBC4) July 28, 2022
Democrat Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered that the National Guard be activated to help with people moving through the city. Gov. Greg Abbott (R.Texas), and Arizona Governor. Doug Ducey, R-Ariz. made it very clear that these small cities get nothing when compared with their smaller counterparts. RedState’s Nick Arama reported.
“Washington D.C. now understands the problems that Texans are facing every day as thousands of illegal immigrants invade our cities,” Abbott stated to Fox News.
NEW – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Office Responds to D.C. Mayor’s Request for National Guard Assistance w/ Migrants.
“Washington D.C. finally understands what Texans have been dealing with every single day, as our communities are overrun by thousands of illegal immigrants.” @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/KGB0Qz98W4
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) July 28, 2022
Ducey referred to the statistics that led to the crisis during his repudiation of Bowser.
“Mayor Bowser is lamenting 4,000 migrants — Arizona had 43,570 border encounters in June alone,” he tweeted.
Arizona has called on the Biden admin since April 2021 to declare a national emergency and deploy the powers of the federal government. There was no response. We deployed the National Guard with State resources on our own. https://t.co/wZldlhuKmY
— Doug Ducey (@DougDucey) July 28, 2022
Sorry but it is not fair to give credit for the minimum work done at the border by the administration. They are a disservice to Customs and Border Patrol agents and local authorities as well as the American Southwest’s good citizens.