State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R-Texas), introduced a bill on Thursday, March 4, proposing that border wall construction begun under former President Donald Trump and suspended by current President Joe Biden be completed by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Slaton argued that President Biden should not stop Texans from finishing what the last administration started.
“President Trump fought to bring real border security and was opposed by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. While hundreds of miles of new wall were built under his leadership, the Biden administration has already ceased border wall construction,” Slaton said in a press release as reported by local media.
“It’s time for Texas to stand up and finish the job President Trump started. Let’s finish building the border wall now,” added Slaton.
In recognition of the Trump administration’s tireless work to combat illegal immigration, the bill details that if passed it would call the in-state portion of the wall by its name.
The text states, “[DPS] must include as part of the transportation infrastructure, technology, and commercial vehicle inspection infrastructure at ports of entry along this state’s international border the construction to federal specifications for similar infrastructure of a wall to be named the ‘President Donald J. Trump Wall.’”
Trump completed more than 450 miles of the border wall, fulfilling one of his highlighted campaign promises. Construction on the new wall came to an abrupt halt within hours of Biden taking the oath of office, leaving hundreds of miles incomplete.
A few days before leaving office, Trump gave a speech in Alamo, Texas, where he referred to the benefits of the wall, stressing that he did deliver, unlike those who only promised but did not deliver.
“But unlike those who came before me, I kept my promises. Today we celebrate an extraordinary milestone: the completion of 450 miles of the promised border wall,” declared President Trump.
Not only is it appreciable to have fulfilled campaign promises, but the results achieved are also noteworthy. Illegal alien apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border fell by almost half in fiscal year 2020 compared to 2019, Customs and Border Protection announced.
A total of 400,651 illegal aliens, overwhelmingly from Central American countries, were apprehended at southern border ports of entry in fiscal year 2020, which ended in September. That figure is sharply lower than in fiscal year 2019, when 851,500 were apprehended.
The overwhelming difference is due to President Trump’s set of immigration policies that sought precisely to discourage Central American migrants from entering the United States illegally, one of the policies being the construction of the wall.
With the new Democratic administration, just the opposite is true. In just 40 days in office, all the successful policies of the Trump administration have been reversed, and now the United States is sending a message to Latin America of open borders, amnesty, and a soft hand for criminals. The results were immediate and evident, today the southern border is on the verge of collapse in an almost unprecedented critical situation.