Biden says he’ll stop construction of border wall if elected
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told NPR recently that he will not continue construction of the U.S. southern border wall if he’s elected president in November.
“There will not be another foot of wall construction in my administration,” Biden said. “I’m going to make sure that we have border protection, but it’s going to be based on making sure that we use high-tech capacity to deal with it. And at the ports of entry that’s where all the bad stuff is happening.”
Building the wall was President Donald Trump’s main campaign promise during the 2016 election and to date, he’s delivered on constructing nearly 277 miles of a barrier between the U.S. and Mexico. During a recent trip to Arizona, the president said that the wall would almost be completed by the end of 2020.
Biden also promised to put a stop to land confiscations along the border by the government, a practice that’s been being followed in order to build the wall.
“End. Stop. Done. Over. Not going to do it. Withdraw the lawsuits. We’re out. We’re not going to confiscate the land,” Biden said.
As a member of the U.S. Senate, Biden voted for a fence along the border but made it clear that he didn’t think that would solve the issues.
“Let me tell you, we can build a fence 40 stories high, unless you change the dynamic in Mexico and you will not like this, and punish American employers who knowingly violate the law when, in fact, they hire illegals. Unless you do those two things, all the rest is window dressing,” he said.
Biden’s campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said that the former vice president’s position remains the same and that he still doesn’t believe any wall or fence will solve the country’s border problems.
“Vice President Biden believes we have to stop trying to scare people and instead have an immigration discussion based on facts,” Bates said. “He believes that we can secure our borders without abandoning our values, and that we should do that by addressing the root causes of immigration abroad and working toward comprehensive immigration reform at home, including a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and smart border security.”
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