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Border agency authorized to clean up wall construction sites

Border Wall
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin
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A small gap appears in the unfinished border wall Wednesday, May 19, 2021, near Sasabe, Ariz. U.S. Customs and Border Prevention has been authorized to start cleaning up construction sites and close small gaps in the southern border wall nearly a year after President Joe Biden took office and ordered building to stop. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement this week that wall building projects begun by the Defense Department within the Border Patrol's sectors in California, Arizona and parts of Texas will be turned over to his agency so any safety and environmental concerns can be addressed.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been authorized to start cleaning up construction sites and close small gaps in the southern border wall nearly a year after President Joe Biden took office and ordered the building to stop.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement this week that wall building projects begun by the Defense Department will be turned over to his agency so any safety and environmental concerns can be addressed.

Those projects are within the Border Patrol’s sectors in California, Arizona and parts of Texas. It was unclear when the cleanup will begin.