The Biden administration will resume construction on the border wall, sources tell Fox News.
UPDATE: @FoxNews has confirmed via the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that construction on a 13.4 mile stretch of border wall levee in the Rio Grande Valley will *RESUME* after pressure from local residents & politicians.
The Biden admin previously halted all construction.
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 13, 2021
“BREAKING: .@FoxNews has confirmed via the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that construction on a 13.4 mile stretch of border wall in the Rio Grande Valley will *RESUME* after pressure from local residents & politicians,” said Bill Melugin, a reporter from Fox LA. “The Biden admin previously halted all wall construction in Jan.”
“In support of CBP’s border infrastructure program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resumed DHS-funded design and construction support on approximately 13.4 miles of levee in the Rio Grande Valley that were partially excavated or at various levels of construction when work on the wall was paused for review,” Maj. Grace Geiger, deputy director of public affairs at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said in a statement to The Hill.
The Corps of Engineers added that they will not be expanding the wall itself.
“Wall construction remains paused to extent permitted by law,” Geiger said. “This remediation work will not involve expanding border barrier.”
The Corps of Engineers plans on repairing a floor barrier system that was removed while the Trump administration was adding to the wall.
The department stated in April that it “will start work to quickly repair the flood barrier system to protect border communities,” also adding, “This work will not involve expanding the border barrier.”
Officials in South Texas were concerned with breaches in the levee system as hurricane season approaches.