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GOP bill would cut red tape and free up funds for border wall

Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced legislation Thursday that would “remove all legal barriers” to building the border wall and release $2.1 billion in unspent funds earmarked for its construction.

The move comes just a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Title 42 will end on May 23. Title 42, first imposed by former President Donald Trump, grants broad authority that allows federal immigration officials to quickly return border crossings and illegal aliens to their home countries. Biden officials admitted that the end of Title 42 would likely lead to a wave of border commuters and illegal aliens. The change in policy could result in 500,000 people arriving at the border every month, more than double current levels of illegal immigration.

“The best way to end the Biden border crisis is to end the border wall now. The Biden administration is trying to run out the regulatory clock on building walls while undermining our Border Patrol agents by repealing Title 42,” Budd said in a statement. The Trump-backed Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate continued:

Every time I visit the southern border, law enforcement officials tell me how Biden’s open border policy endangers our national security and the security of everything inside our country. I am proud to introduce comprehensive legislation that would compel the Biden administration to end this crisis and finish the wall now.

The legislation, officially called the “Build the Wall Now Act” is designed to thwart the Biden administration’s efforts to block the construction of the border wall, and would make funds previously earmarked for the border wall – dated October 1, 2016 – available until spent so that the funding does not expire.

On President Joe Biden’s first day in office, he signed Presidential Proclamation 10142, which suspended all funding for the border wall. Budd’s office said the Biden administration claimed the delay would be “used to carry out environmental and Endangered Species Act reviews that had been canceled by the Trump administration.

Funding for the border wall is only available for five years,” Budd’s office noted. “Therefore, if these reviews take longer than five years, previously allocated border wall funds will expire.”

The bill would also remove all legal barriers to construction and require the Secretary of Homeland Security to resume construction within 24 hours of the bill’s passage. The legislation would limit the use of these funds for any other project other than the construction of the border wall.

Katherine Hamilton is a political reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow her on Twitter.

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