After seeing a huge surge of migrants entering the U.S in the last few months, President Biden has decided he's going to restart construction on Donald Trump's border wall.
Read on for all the details.
Now, many would argue that our country is set to experience one of its worst migrant crises in decades.
Since April 2020, the number of migrants being stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border has been steadily rising and, under a public health order issued by Trump, Title 42, the Biden administration has been rapidly denying most single adults and families entry into the country.
However, the order has been allowing teenagers and children to stay...
And they have been arriving in ever larger numbers.
As of Sunday, March 14th, more than 4,000 migrant children were being held by the Border Patrol custody...
Including at least 3,000 being held in custody longer than the seventy-two-hour limit set by a court order, a U.S. official told AP.
The number of children crossing by themselves, mostly from Central America, appears to be surging in particular in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.
The Border Patrol took in 280 there alone on last Monday.
As a result of this, President Biden has been put in a difficult position.
Biden labels the detention of migrants as a "moral failing and a national shame" and promises to "welcome immigrants in our communities" on his official website, which has left many feeling confused and somewhat frustrated with the current situation at the border.
He has been slammed by Republicans for what they view as an encouragement to illegal border crossers...
And has even been criticized by some Democrats over what they see as the prolonged detention of minors.
Former President Donald Trump then waded into the equation, telling Fox News that the crisis was "destroying our country."
"It is a crisis like we have rarely had and certainly we have never had on the border. But it is going to get much worse. What we are seeing now is very bad - record numbers."
Well, Biden has addressed the issue.
Speaking to ABC News a few weeks ago, the president was grilled on the ongoing migrant crisis by George Stephanopoulos.
Biden first denied that he should have anticipated the surge in migrants...
Saying that he had instead sought to phase out Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies and embrace a more "humane" approach.
He then pointed out that there had been migrant surges in the past...
"First of all, there was a surge in the last 2 years. In '19 and '20, there was a surge, as well."
Stephanopoulos then noted, "This one might be worse," before Biden acknowledged, "Well, it could be."
But he then added, "Here's the deal: we are sending back people."
"The idea that Joe Biden said: 'Come' - because I heard the other day that they're coming because they know I'm a nice guy... Here's the deal, they're not."
"I can say quite clearly: Don't come over. Don't leave your town or city or community."
And just a few weeks after he made such a bold statement, it seems as though it hasn't had the impact he wanted as more and more migrants continue to cross the border and into the country.
The latest surge has seen an influx of people from Guatemala.
And in order to tackle the crisis, it has been reported that Joe Biden is considering starting re-construction on Donald Trump's (failed) border wall.
And of course, this move has elicited a mixed reaction from audiences but many people have claimed that this is the right decision.
Joe Biden is going to continue building Donald Trump’s wall because Joe Biden was wrong to ever stop it!— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) April 6, 2021
When @JoeBiden said he was going to “Build Back Better”, I didn’t think he was talking about the Border Wall!— Mark Resnick (@mark_resnick) April 7, 2021
News in, the Biden administration are going to start rebuilding Trumps wall... 😂🤣😂🤣 So, looks like Trump was right again 😂🤣😂🤣 You got to love these 2 faced Democrats 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣— Darren Lewis (@DarrenL68346529) April 7, 2021
President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering resuming construction of the border wall! So Trump was right AGAIN! Democrat leaders and BIDEN/HARRIS are clowns! A classic example of closing the barn doors AFTER the horses are out!— Carol (@Carol96208870) April 7, 2021
According to the Washington Times, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told employees that construction on the wall might be resuming.
But this is only to "fill in the gaps" of Trump's old construction that failed to be completed.
Mayorkas told ICE employees that Biden canceling the previous construction left "room to make decisions" on finishing "gaps in the wall."
"It's not a single answer to a single question. There are different projects that the chief of the Border Patrol has presented and the acting commissioner of CBP [Customs and Border Protection] presented to me," Mayorkas said, according to notes seen by the Times.
"The president has communicated quite clearly his decision that the emergency that triggered the devotion of DOD funds to the construction of the border wall is ended. But that leaves room to make decisions as the administration – as part of the administration – in particular areas of the wall that need renovation, particular projects that need to be finished."
The U-turn comes only a few months after Biden originally issued an executive order that froze any funding for the Department of Defense for the wall's construction.
And because this was viewed as an invitation, record numbers of migrants are continuing to cross borders to get their feet onto American soil.
Detention centers and other facilities have reached their maximum capacity.
It's gotten so bad that NASA and other federal agencies are said to have sent out emails to their employees asking if they are willing to volunteer at the overcrowded child facilities.
Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.