US President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that he informed Congress about the lifting of the state of emergency on the Mexican border. It was introduced by his predecessor Donald Trump in February 2019 to raise funds for the construction of the wall.
"I judged that the declaration of a state of emergency on our southern border was unjustified. (...) I also announced that, in line with my administration's policy, we would no longer allocate US taxpayers' dollars to building the border wall, and I am leading the process of carefully examining all resources appropriated or assigned for this purpose. "- wrote the president in a letter to Congress.
Obtaining state funds for the construction of the border wall was an important part of the ex-president's political program, but it did not find the support of American lawmakers, so Trump decided to redirect the money for this purpose from other sources. This was possible thanks to the declaration of a state of emergency on the border with Mexico.
"Trump was able to transfer $ 600 million from the Treasury and $ 6.1 billion from the Ministry of Defense to the Ministry of National Security for the construction of the border wall. (...) The extension of the state of emergency allowed him in February 2020 to add $ 3.8 billion from the Pentagon, "USA Today detailed.
The newspaper recalls that Biden announced the suspension of the state of emergency on the first day of his presidency. He has signed several executive orders designed to ease Trump's tough immigration policy under a "zero tolerance" program. He established, inter alia a Task Force on Separated Children or Guardians in the Southern Border.
The new Biden administration, however, decided due to the coronavirus pandemic to check-in immigrants arriving across the border with Mexico in search of asylum. "The vast majority of people will be rejected," explained White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
According to USA Today, it is expected that the White House will continue to partially close the border to asylum seekers for the time being. The government can return or expel any immigrant without a trial in a pandemic time based on public health safety regulations.
From New York, Andrzej Dobrowolski (PAP)