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Why Hasn't DHS Cancelled All Trump-Era Border Wall Waivers?

August 02, 2023 (1 min read)

Melissa del Bosque, The Border Chronicle, Aug. 1, 2023

"Chad Wolf’s Illegitimate Border Wall Waivers: A Q&A with Scott Nicol

President Biden Could Instantly Make Good on His Campaign Promise to Stop Border Wall Construction by Cancelling Trump-Era Waivers, says Nicol.

... [T]here are 11 waivers that Wolf issued, and 10 more that McAleenan issued. If a court strikes down the one waiver, then by extension, the others could also be contested and eventually struck down. For some of these waivers, those walls haven’t been built yet. For instance, in Starr County, there’s a waiver that Wolf issued where walls have never been built. But there’s a lot of places where they have. These waivers continue to get relied on to rebuild walls or add to walls and do other things in conjunction with them. So striking 21 waivers would definitely make a difference.

So why wouldn’t the Biden administration rescind all these waivers?

Having a waiver in place saves the Biden administration from having to issue a waiver. They’re just relying on the bad thing that Trump did, so as not to have to do the bad thing themselves. ..."