July 28, 2022

US to fill border wall gaps at open area near Yuma

Biden had pledged during the campaign to stop all border wall construction

yuma border construction VIEW LARGER A court document submitted by federal attorneys May 20 eliminates funding for a stretch of border wall that would have crossed through tribal land.
Michel Marizco/Fronteras Desk file photo

The Biden administration on Thursday authorized the completion of the Trump-funded U.S.-Mexico border wall in an open area of southern Arizona near Yuma, where four wide gaps make it among the busiest corridors for illegal crossings.

The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that the work to complete the barrier project near the Morelos Dam will better protect migrants who sometimes get hurt slipping down a slope or drown while walking across a low section of the Colorado River.

It's a popular crossing for migrants who can easily walk across the river and surrender to border officials.

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