The agency’s spokesperson, Renee Brunson, said “the Army Corps of Engineers, which provides direction and monitoring of border projects,” (executive order) will take appropriate action.
An administration official told CNN that activities could still continue in the next few days to ensure the activity is safe.
Biden opened fire on one of his predecessor chiefs of chiefs on Wednesday evening when he signed a proclamation to build the boundary wall.
“It would be my administration’s policy that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to build a boundary wall,” Biden’s proclamation wrote.
The majority of the approximately 455 miles built during Trump’s presidency replaced the old, dilapidated barriers with a newly enhanced wall system, a clear distinction from previously built fences in some areas. According to the latest figures of US Customs and Border Protection, forty-nine miles have gone up where there were no obstacles before.
“(On Wednesday) the announcement will likely postpone work on the boundary wall,” said Travis Sharp, a research associate at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. “During the suspension of work, the contractor must keep an eye on any additional costs that may be caused by the delay, so that the government can reimburse those expenses later.”
A federal judge in California has already instructed the administration to consider how the new executive orders affect a border wall case.
Part of the hurdles facing the Biden administration stem from cases demanding the confiscation of private land for wall construction. To that end, Ricky Garza, a staff attorney for the Texas Civil Rights Project, a legal advocacy group representing landowners in land confiscation cases, called the declaration “disappointing.”
“As a candidate, Biden promised not to make another foothold, rejecting lawsuits. This was what many of us were counting on,” Garza said. “There has been no new lawsuit, but in the 200-plus that does exist, there is a steady drunkenness that keeps things moving … it seems as if nothing has changed.”
Kueler expressed confidence in a Biden White House proclamation issued Wednesday.
“This executive order is very important because it ends the National Emergency Declaration that allowed Trump to grab money from other departments,” Cullen told CNN. “The President has certainly met my expectations and I am very happy, very happy about it.”