The Department of Homeland Security plans to close small gaps in the border wall, make adjustments to prevent flooding and complete prior construction of access roads, the department announced Monday. In one of his first actions in office, President Joe Biden ordered a pause on wall construction and called for a review of projects and funds. Over the course of the year, the administration has terminated border wall contracts and gradually returned land to property owners that had been seized for barrier construction.
But as a result of the review, DHS has determined there is some work that must be completed. Those activities include completing/installing drainage to prevent flooding, disposing of residual materials that are not required to complete work, and closing "small gaps that remain open from prior construction activities and remediating incomplete gates." The work will be done in the US Border Patrol's San Diego, El Centro, Yuma, Tucson, El Paso, and Del Rio sectors. The work the administration will undertake is focused on addressing life, safety, environmental, and remediation requirements, the department sa