The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is constructing a nearly half-million-dollar security barrier around Democratic Vice President Joe Biden’s Delaware beach property.
The move comes after the administration halted construction of the border wall between the United States and Mexico and canceled contracts related to the wall’s construction, at a time when the administration’s policies are being blamed for a historic flood of illegal immigration into the United States via the southern border.
According to The New York Post report:
In September, the department awarded a contract of $456,548 to Turnstone Holdings LLC for “PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF SECURITY FENCING AT 32 FARVIEW, REHOBOTH DELAWARE,” according to USAspending.gov, an online database tracking federal government spending. The contract started Sept. 21 and is expected to end Dec. 31. Construction of the fence is expected to end by that date.
The DHS is listed as the main awarding and funding office of the contract while the US Secret Service is listed as the subagency. Additional information and details about the fence have not been publicly released.
Biden’s border crisis took a new turn on Friday, when US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released figures showing that the Border Patrol arrested about 1.66 million illegal aliens entering the United States from Mexico in Fiscal Year 2021.
“Border crossings surpassed 1.6 million annually at least twice recently, in 1986 and in 2000,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “In 2019, when crossings reached a peak under the Trump administration, the Border Patrol made about 850,000 arrests.”
According to CBP, it encountered 192,001 people along the southern border in September, a modest reduction from the previous month.
Chad Wolf, a former acting DHS secretary and current Heritage visiting scholar, lambasted Biden in a statement following the release of the new data, describing his policies as a failure.
“Instead of upholding the rule of law, the administration has chosen to open the border by eliminating effective, humane border security policies that were working, replace those policies with no alternative, and then process the subsequent historic flows of illegal aliens into the United States as quickly as possible,” Wolf said. “And make no mistake, contrary to the Biden administration’s spin, the vast majority of those apprehended at the southern border are being released into our communities, as CBP’s own publicly available numbers show. The men and women of CBP deserve so much better than this. They deserve leaders who will help them do their jobs, enforce the rule of law, and give them the tools they need. The Biden administration has done the opposite at every turn, and we’re all paying the price for it.”
Mark Morgan, former acting CBP commissioner and Heritage visiting fellow, warned Americans to not be “fooled” by the Biden administration’s attempts to “spin these still sky-high numbers as some sort of win.”
“These 192,000 apprehensions are still more than 40,000 higher than the highest monthly total during the 2019 crisis, a crisis that then-President Trump quickly and successfully moved to solve,” Morgan said. “The Biden administration knowingly created a crisis because it sees a political benefit in mass illegal immigration, and thus it has no interest in slowing the historic surge to our border.”
“More importantly, however, official apprehensions dropped slightly while the number of got-aways—those who evade apprehension and enter the country after escaping law enforcement—increased from August,” Morgan added. “The numbers remain at unsustainable highs, and now more illegal aliens are crossing the border without even being apprehended, as more and more Border Patrol agents are pulled off the line to process migrants through overcrowded CBP facilities and release them into the United States. This cannot continue.”