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The President of the United States, Joe Biden, ordered the strengthening of the border wall due to the increase in migratory flow that has been recorded in recent months.
For the first time in his administration, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, issued an order to strengthen the border wall in southern Texas, at 10 critical points where there has been an increase in the crossing of undocumented migrants.
This decision has sparked controversy and criticism from human rights advocates, while a high-level meeting is being held in Mexico to address the humanitarian crisis at the border.
The Joe Biden administration announced the construction of a border wall in southern Texas, specifically in Starr County, in response to the increasing flow of undocumented migrants crossing the border from Mexico.
This measure marks a significant shift in the president’s stance, who at the beginning of his term stated that the construction of a large wall along the southern border was not a serious policy solution.
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According to recent data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), fiscal year 2023 has recorded more than 2,000,000 migrant detentions along the strip shared with Mexico, approaching the historical record of fiscal year 2022. This situation has led the Biden administration to consider the “urgent need to build barriers” to control migratory flow.
Criticism of Biden for order to strengthen the border wall
The decision to build this new section of the border wall has sparked criticism, especially from human rights advocacy organizations, who believe that this measure does not address the underlying causes of migration and could have negative impacts on communities and the environment.
One of the most controversial aspects is the Biden administration’s waiver of 26 environmental, health, and cultural laws to allow the construction of the wall. This exemption has been criticized by groups such as the Center for Biological Diversity, which argues that it is the first time the Democratic government has bypassed these fundamental laws.
“It’s disheartening to see President Biden stoop to this level, setting aside our nation’s fundamental environmental laws to build ineffective border walls that destroy wildlife,” said Laiken Jordahl, spokesperson for the organization.
Mexico invites to address the crisis in a humanitarian manner
While the order for the construction of the new section of the border wall is given, a US delegation, led by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, is in Mexico to discuss the growing humanitarian crisis on the shared border. The meeting aims to address the increase in irregular flows from Mexico to the United States, as well as the issue of fentanyl trafficking.
The situation at the border has been a cause for concern for both countries, as detentions of migrants attempting to cross irregularly increased by 36% in August 2023, with over 181,000 arrests. The Rio Grande Valley sector was one of the most affected by this increase.
The construction of the new section of the border wall in Starr County is presented as a controversial measure aimed at addressing the migratory crisis on the southern border of the United States.
Biden’s decision to resort to this strategy reflects the complexity of the situation and the need to find effective solutions to address migration challenges in the region.
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sources: Aristegui Noticias, Forbes, La Razón