The Biden administration announced they will begin filling gaps along the Southern Border wall near Yuma, Arizona — after Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) pressured the administration to do so late last week, with the Fall midterms approaching.
Kelly, who is up for reelection in November, previously voted against border wall initiatives three times in 2021. The Arizonian has recently reversed course, however, as migrant encounters have reached a two-decade high.
A statement released by the senator’s office stated: “After many months of pushing the Biden administration to close border barrier gaps near the Morelos Dam, today, Arizona Senator Mark Kelly announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has authorized Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to move forward with closing the gaps located near the Morelos Dam in the Yuma Sector.”
“For too long, the Morelos Dam area has been an operational challenge for Border Patrol agents to properly secure the border and keep our communities safe,” Kelly added. “This is a step forward and I’ll keep working to ensure that Arizona has the tools needed for a secure and orderly process at the border including fencing and barriers where they make sense.”
The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement Thursday that the wall construction was needed, “to close four gaps located within an incomplete border barrier project near the Morelos Dam in the U.S. Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector. These projects address operational impacts, as well as immediate life and safety risks, and will be funded with DHS’s Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations.”
Kelly will be facing a thought battle for reelection as there are many Republican candidates currently vying for the GOP nomination in the Copper state.
Jim Lamon, who is polling second for the nomination, according to RealClearPolitics, told the Daily Caller, “Mark Kelly is a bald-faced liar who is trying to deceive Arizonans about his support for Joe Biden’s open border policies. Kelly voted against border security funding three times last year alone, allowing millions of illegal immigrants to invade America. Kelly cares more about his allegiance to Joe Biden than he cares about protecting Arizonan families from deadly drugs, crime, and human trafficking.”
Current GOP senate frontrunner Blake Masters tweeted on Friday that the construction of the remaining border gaps was, “Too little too late. (Not to mention “racist”! Wait, you mean that accusation was never serious?) Biden is the open borders president, and Senator Mark Kelly has enabled him every step of the way. They will be held accountable in November.”
As Kelly attempts to save his image with Arizonians who are burdened by mass migration, Democrats across the country are beginning to feel the pressure of increasing illegal immigration, as even Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and New York City Mayor Eric Adams — both liberal Democrats — have both asked for federal support to deal with overloaded systems, and a lack of resources.
Only the voters in November will decide if Kelly’s lackluster efforts to solve the immigration crisis will be enough, to earn him another six-year term in office.
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