US Republicans Introduce Finish the Wall Act
US Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA), Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, has introduced the Finish the Wall Act, which requires the Biden administration to resume construction of the border wall system. The bill has over 60 cosponsors and is one of House Republicans’ five pillars to address the Biden border crisis. Under President Trump’s administration, 458 miles of border wall system were completed with hundreds of additional miles fully funded but not yet constructed. However, an executive order signed by President Biden on January 20, 2021, immediately halted all construction on the border wall system.
The Finish the Wall Act would:
Resume border wall system construction activities within 24 hours of enactment;
Prevent the Department of Homeland Security Secretary from canceling construction contracts related to the border wall system;
Require the DHS Secretary to spend all funds appropriated or obligated to the border wall system since Fiscal Year 2017;
Direct the DHS Secretary to submit an implementation plan to Congress, including benchmarks for the deployment of physical barriers, technology, roads, and lighting;
Ensure US Customs and Border Protection facilities are fully compliant with the DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005.