Group Calls On Biden To Remove Parts Of Trump Border Wall

By Michel Marizco
Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 4:19pm
Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 9:02am

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The border wall in Sasabe. President Donald Trump put up 450 miles of border wall during his presidency.

A group of border region activists and a member of Congress want to hold incoming President Joe Biden to his campaign promise that he will halt border wall construction on the southwest border. 

The group included a tribal leader from Southern California, an attorney for a south Texas orphanage in the path of the wall, and Arizona Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva. The group used the meeting to call on Biden to hold to his promise. Grijalva said he would ask for some of the border wall to be removed where it has damaged surrounding environments.

"I agree, some of it has to go. Particularly ones that are already so obvious and so well documented," Grijalva said.

But he did not call on Biden to remove the entire 450 miles of border wall put up under President Donald Trump. 

In southern Arizona, work on the border wall continued this past weekend, and this truck drove the length of the border road near Sasabe, spraying the dust down. Pallets of heavy steel remain piled against the massive 30-foot border wall and workers on cranes continued operating atop the fence with days left in the presidency.

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Water bottles of the sort carried by people illegally crossing the border lie in the desert just north of the new border wall in Sasabe.
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Construction material from the building of the border wall in Sasabe since last summer still lies along the border road. It's unknown if the work will be halted immediately following President-elect Joe Biden taking office Jan. 20, 2021.