12.20.21

Lankford: Biden Administration Wall Construction Announcement Huge Victory for American People

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced, after months of holding the Biden Administration accountable for its failures to enforce the law and preserve national security at the southern border, that the Department of Homeland Security would finish several gaps in the border wall located in San Diego, El Centro, Yuma, Tucson, El Paso, and Del Rio. This announcement comes after Lankford released a report that exposed billions in waste to pay contractors to babysit the border wall materials at these sites while the Biden Administration “studied” it, even though Congress already allocated the money to build the wall.

Lankford traveled to the Arizona border earlier this year to see first-hand the unfinished southern border wall that was halted by the Biden Administration and that they’re now agreeing to address. He was the first to expose the crisis at the border through Facebook so Oklahomans could see firsthand the crisis at the southern border in Texas.

“Today, the Biden Administration has finally acknowledged what I have been pushing for months, we should close the gaps in our border wall. Leaving dozens of gaps in the border wall only helps the cartels and those illegally crossing our border. I have demanded the gaps in the wall be closed for months. Now the Biden Administration has relented,” said Lankford.

“We have a crisis at our southern border that is a direct result of the Biden policy of failing to enforce our laws. This year, US Customs and Border Protection has encountered over 1.8 million migrants at the southwest border alone, the most ever recorded in our nation’s history, and is on track to encounter two million migrants this year. All while Biden and his team have told Americans that this is not a crisis. Biden’s team has wasted billions of taxpayers’ dollars to appease the far left open borders radicals, but the rest of the nation has suffered the consequences,” said Lankford.

Lankford grilled DHS Secretary Mayorkas on his ongoing delay to finish the wall and participated in a press conference in November to discuss the ongoing crisis at the southern border that Biden continues to ignore. Lankford successfully blocked President Biden’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office from opening a “surge overflow temporary facility” at the Great Plains Correctional Institution in Hinton, Oklahoma, that would have been used to process migrants who crossed the border illegally and release them into Western Oklahoma.

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