When Congress wouldn’t give former President Donald Trump the funds he needed to construct more walls on the southern border, he issued a proclamation declaring that the situation at the southern border presented a border security crisis that threatened core national security interests and therefore constituted a national emergency. This permitted him to use military construction funds pursuant to section 2808 of the United States Code.

On Jan. 20, 2021, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation terminating Trump’s declaration and stopping the border wall construction it had funded. Biden’s proclamation says, it “shall be the policy of my administration that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall.”

Although this may have seemed appropriate in January, the situation at the border has gotten much worse since then.

Fallacious justification

According to Biden, every nation has a right and a duty to secure its borders and protect its people against threats, but building a massive wall that spans the entire southern border is a waste of money that diverts attention from genuine threats.
This is a straw man argument. Trump wasn’t trying to erect a wall along the entire span of the southern border when he issued his proclamation.

Trump explained several years before he issued it that, “It’s a 2,000-mile border, but you don’t need 2,000 miles of wall because you have a lot of natural barriers.” You have mountains, rivers that are violent and vicious, and areas that are so far away that you don’t really have people crossing.

Current situation

There were 400,651 apprehensions at the southern border in fiscal 2020.

In March of 2021, the Border Patrol apprehended 172,331 migrants who had made illegal crossings into the United States, the highest monthly total since 2006. This was an extraordinary increase and — combined with 78,444apprehensions in January and 101,028 in February — puts us within 50,000 of having as many apprehensions in the first three months of this year as in all of 2020 combined.

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