‘There Will Not Be Another Foot’: Biden Says He’ll Discontinue Border Wall Construction If He Wins

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If Joe Biden wins the presidency this November, he will stop construction on the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Biden announced this decision during an interview earlier this week where he said, “There will not be another foot of wall constructed in my administration.”

Instead of a physical wall, Biden said his administration would pursue a “virtual wall,” the Western Journal reports.

Biden said the wall’s current construction of the wall is being bogged down by lawsuits over land disputes with private property, something he said he would not contest.

“End. Stop. Done. Over. Not going to do it. Withdraw the lawsuits, we’re out,” he said. “We’re not going to confiscate the land.”

The Western Journal reports: “About 216 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border wall has been constructed since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017.” This includes areas that previously had a gate or a fence that was upgraded into a concrete wall.

Of that mileage, the Department of Homeland Security clarifies only three miles are in areas where there was no previous barrier of any kind.

Looking domestically, Biden said he would look to build up immigration infrastructure to accommodate additional asylum and visa requests. These changes would include ending the Remain in Mexico program that Trump started.

“We have to make sure that we build up the infrastructure to be able to accommodate Trump’s cruel and inhumane border policies … ripping children from their mother’s arms and Trump’s migrant protection protocols, you know: Remain in Mexico program,” Biden said of the program that forces parents and adults to remain in Mexico as they await their pending legal status.

“I mean, all of this is going to take time, not a long time, but it’s going to take, you have to be prepared, so we don’t create another crisis,” he added.

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Biden criticized Trump’s immigration policy as “outrageous,” even though family separations were started under former President Bill Clinton and peaked while under the Obama administration.

“This is about families, families, and you have so many young children, so many young children under enormous pressure and psychological pressure, wondering whether or not they’re going to come home and there’s no one there,” he concluded per the Western Journal. “We need to do so much more.”