The wall currently has four wide gaps, making it among the busiest places on the border for illegal crossings.
DHS said in a statement: “Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas has authorized U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to execute the Yuma Morelos Dam Project 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.
“The gaps are located within the former Yuma 6 project area, a border barrier project that was previously funded by the Department of Defense’s (DoD) military construction appropriation pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 2808.
“Due to the proximity to the Morelos Dam and the swift-moving Colorado River, this area presents safety and life hazard risks for migrants attempting to cross into the United States where there is a risk of drownings and injuries from falls.
“This area also poses a life and safety risk to first responders and agents responding to incidents in this area.
“Prior to construction, DHS will engage in standard environmental planning and conduct stakeholder outreach and consultation.
“DHS will move as expeditiously as possible, while still maintaining environmental stewardship,” the statement said.
Despite the importance of tightening up security at the border, many have questioned whether the Biden administration has a political motive for finishing the wall.
Illegal immigration has become a key issue for lawmakers in border states as the midterm elections loom.
According to NBC:
“Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona, who is seeking his party’s nomination next week to defend the seat in November, has pressed the Biden administration to close the gaps, calling them a challenge for officials trying to secure the border.”