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Immigration Law

GAO: Biden's Border Wall Pause OK

GAO Decision, June 15, 2021

"On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued a Proclamation terminating a previous declaration of national emergency concerning the southern border of the United States issued by President Trump. Among other things, the Proclamation directs officials to “pause work on each construction project on the southern border wall, to the extent permitted by law . . . [and to] pause immediately the obligation of funds related to construction of the southern border wall, to the extent permitted by law.” Pursuant to our role under the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (ICA), we are issuing this decision on whether a violation of the ICA occurred. As explained below, we conclude that neither the Proclamation nor its implementation violate the ICA."