President Joe Biden ended the emergency order placed by former President Donald Trump to justify the construction of the wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, according NewsMax.
“I have determined that the declaration of a national emergency at our southern border was unwarranted,” Biden said to the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
“I have also announced that it shall be the policy of my Administration that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall, and that I am directing a careful review of all resources appropriated or redirected to that end.”
Trump used the emergency order to effectively divert billions of dollars in funds to build a wall on the southern border.
Trump was able to use $600 million from the U.S. Treasury Department and $6.1 billion from the U.S. Department of Defense for the border wall construction.
“The vast majority of people will be turned away,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday.
The emergency proclamation was continued in February 2020, allowing Trump to divert an additional $3.8 billion from the Pentagon for the border wall construction.
Biden had announced he was going to rescind the emergency declaration on his first day in office.
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The administration has also said that because of the pandemic, migrants coming to the U.S.-Mexico border seeking asylum will still be turned away.