On Thursday, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York criticized the decision by the Biden administration to bypass 26 federal regulations, thereby green-lighting the construction of the border wall in Texas.
Ocasio-Cortez emphasized in her remarks, “There was no mandate for the Biden administration to extend the border wall construction, especially not by sidelining numerous environmental rules to speed up the process. The onus is on the President to rethink and amend this decision.”
The Department of Homeland Security highlighted that the fast-tracked rules are for the construction work in Starr County, Texas. This county is a major entry point at the southern border of the U.S. Reports from The Associated Press have indicated that around 245,000 migrants have made unauthorized entries in this area during the current fiscal year.
In a media briefing on the same day, President Biden stood by the decision to continue the wall’s construction along the U.S.-Mexico boundary. He emphasized his attempts to redirect the funds but expressed the limitations he faced in halting the construction.
However, the stance of the Biden administration remains consistent: a physical barrier at the border isn’t the solution.
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez added, “A wall doesn’t deter individuals escaping dire conditions. Instead, it drives them to even riskier territories, heightening their peril. Such an approach is inhumane.”
The New York representative urged a deeper introspection into the core causes of migration and the impact of U.S. policies on Latin America. She pressed for significant advancements in immigration policies.
The immigration topic has been at the forefront for Ocasio-Cortez, particularly given the recent rise in the number of migrants arriving in New York City.
Several congressional colleagues are echoing Ocasio-Cortez’s sentiments. Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke remarked online about the missed chance to exercise executive authority in a more meaningful way. Congressman Maxwell Frost from Florida likened the decision to avoiding the real issue.
On the other hand, Senator Ted Cruz from Texas openly criticized the move, expressing skepticism over President Biden’s genuine concern to address the border situation. Cruz viewed it as mere political posturing.