“An acute and immediate need”

FILE – A border wall section stands on July 14, 2021, near La Grulla, Texas, in Starr County. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, the Biden administration announced that they waived 26 federal laws in South Texas to allow border wall construction, marking the administration’s first use of a sweeping executive power employed often during the Trump presidency. The Department of Homeland Security posted the announcement with few details outlining the construction in Starr County, Texas. (Delcia Lopez/The Monitor via AP, File)  

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration announced they waived 26 federal laws in South Texas to allow border wall construction on Wednesday, marking the administration’s first use of sweeping executive power to pave the way for building more border barriers — a tactic used often during the Trump presidency.

The Department of Homeland Security posted the announcement on the U.S. Federal Registry with few details outlining the construction in Starr County, Texas, which is part of a busy Border Patrol sector seeing “high illegal entry.” According to government data, about 245,000 illegal entries have been recorded in this region during the current fiscal year. “There is presently an acute and immediate need to construct physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the border of the United States in order to prevent unlawful entries into the United States in the project areas,” Alejandro Mayorkas, the DHS secretary, stated in the notice.

The Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and Endangered Species Act were some of the federal laws waived by DHS to make way for construction that will use funds from a congressional appropriation in 2019 for border wall construction. The waivers avoid time-consuming reviews and lawsuits challenging violation of environmental laws.

Although no maps were provided in the announcement, a previous map shared during the gathering of public comments shows the piecemeal construction will add up to an additional 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the existing border barrier system in the area. “The other concern that we have is that area is highly erosive. There’s a lot of arroyos,” said Starr County Judge Eloy Vera, the highest-elected official in the county, pointing out the creeks cutting through the ranchland and leading into the river. Starr County is home to about 65,000 residents spread over about 1,200 square miles (3,108 square kilometers) that includes ranchland and part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge.


Comment: Trump is entitled to a well deserved “I TOLD YOU SO” with this announcement. He said he’s waiting for an apology, but my advice is not to hold his breath. It’s only twenty miles, but it’s finally a clear admission by the Biden administration that there is a serious problem on the border and walls can certainly be part of the solution. I just wonder what’s the next step after this twenty miles are completed.


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28 Responses to “An acute and immediate need”

  1. Societal Illusions says:

    seems it was not a choice but a requirement they proceed as it’s their duty to carry out the law as passed and signed. https://x.com/bennyjohnson/status/1710000613029749058?s=46&t=X21HlklXgEykhIDPR9Pa4w

    • TTG says:

      Societal Illusions,

      Biden mentioned that it was FY2019 money that couldn’t be reprogrammed. Don’t know why it wasn’t spent while Trump was still in office.

    • JStan says:

      If you believe the reason Biden is proceeding with this part of ‘the wall’ is a new found fondness to follow the law then you are aptly named because that is an illusion. The large cities are restless, and growing more so by the day, and by the latest crimes. He’s tossing them a bone.

  2. Keith Harbaugh says:

    For a very dramatic description of the scope of the problem,
    see something a guest contributor, Bob Bishop, posted at Larry Johnson’s blog:


    • F&L says:

      Thanks. I had no idea it was that huge, but I knew it was very big.

      I live in Queens NY. My bedroom windows face the street and the head of the bed is near the window. I hear people talking nightly. English is still the most frequent language I hear by a very small margin, it’s maybe 30%, maybe 25%. Surprisingly Spanish doesn’t seem to be in 2nd place, but it’s close. Arabic, Russian, Hindi, Portuguese, Greek ..

      There is a large area of Queens – Flushing – not where I live but I used to go there fairly frequently. On a weekend the main street is a literal sea of people – seemingly uncountable. I was shocked to realize that I thought I had landed in Beijing – everyone was Chinese and the density was comparable to the photos I saw as a child which were used to promote the Rockefeller population scare campaigns of the 1960s. I remember voting for president in 2008, standing in a small catholic veterans hall which was where I was assigned to vote. People came in to vote for Obama in droves that were surreal. All little, miniature people, all brown, small and brown, I couldn’t even figure out if they were adults, it didn’t seem possible, to me at least, that they were actually America citizens but I guess they maybe were? I was simultaneously shocked, amused, and finally grasped what I had been told repeatedly by cab drivers and cops over the years. That the number of people living in NY City is much higher than anyone officially reports or most realize. The key to the mystery is that many of them come from cultures where it is normal for 10 or 20 people to live in one room. Very seldom but occasionally you see one of the small buildings empty out in the area where I voted. The number emerging from one small house can be mind boggling to an American of my age and background. I have no idea to this day who those little brown people were who showed up to vote for Obama, but my goodness were they happy, smiling ear to ear and quite pleased and patient. One big old Irish guy, me, and a muscular Italian American patrol officer were the only whites. Most of those little brown voters? I really haven’t seen them since. They were probably Asians of some variety, but I’m not sure where.

  3. babelthuap says:

    It’s not a crisis. Way beyond it. No way to recover from it at this point. Money is not the issue. We can print more dollars. What we can’t print are resources. These people have already made hundreds of babies in NY alone. Not enough resources to tend to the adults much less babies with more of both enroute. People who voted for this you will pay. It is no longer a joke on Trump voters:


    • F&L says:

      Welcome to the fall – of Rome. In addition to no southern border, we have no representative government, just like Rome after Ceasar crossed the Rubicon. When a former President, Governor and Annapolis graduate such as Jimmy Carter says publicly that the joke is over, which he said over 10 yrs ago – it’s over.

      But you have a $2.3 billion entertainment “sphere” in the middle of the desert called Las Vegas, and only a very few years ago the next NFL stadium on the drawing board was going to be named after Pornhub which was sponsering it. And if you plan on murdering a large number of schoolchildren in their classrooms – the USA has got you covered. Huge selections of easily and legally available rifles and ammo, and a few hundred cops to stand around and watch who are careful not to mess their hairdos.

  4. Sgt P says:

    The US military has been fighting the wrong enemy for thirty years.

    Our enemies are internal. They were for the entirety of the 20th Century and now they control the federal government.

    I don’t expect any career officer who has been guzzling zioncon kool-aid for decades and raking in the shekels to understand this, but the same tribe who’s behind this invasion of our nation wants your children to get their legs blown off fighting their ancient Slavic enemies for them.

    • TTG says:

      Sgt P,

      Who are THEY? Anybody who served or are serving in federal, state or local government?

      • Stefan says:

        This comment drips of classic extreme right/Nazi propaganda. Zioncons? By taking the “shekels” he is accusing TTG and other career military officers here of being shills for the Jews which he says are running the US. I am surprised he didnt talk about ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government). This guy is a classic neo Nazi.

    • Fred says:

      Sgt P,

      I second TTG question.

  5. Fred says:

    The next president needs to send all the border crossers to Maui. They need low cost labor. Then declare Martha’s Vinyard “America’s Sanctuary Island” and fill’er up. Let these folks live their values. The advantage will be the lack of court fights to ship everyone back home. Then go after the NGOs that are shipping these people from around the world into Mexico so they can cross our borders. Shut down their (NGO’s) banks the same way Trudeau shut off the truckers. Turnabout is fair play afterall.

    • F&L says:

      I’m applying for a patent for my new invention. It’s called the magic button. You press it and anything you want simply disappears without leaving any traces or evidence. Anywhere at all, located anywhere in space – a country, an entire ethnic group, a group of people who think certain thoughts, Hollywood, late night comedians, media conglomerates, corporations, law firms etc. Just push the button once and poof – gone for good!

      • Fred says:


        I am formally asking you to cease and decist, for your own good. Hillary owns the Magic Button, which caused the great Russia Collusion Rest. Don’t get yourself sent to one of Hilary’s Reeducation Camp (franchises available in your area soon!).

        • F&L says:

          Fred –
          Did you get to see that Killer Hillary recently called for all supporters of Trump and others reluctant to up the ante further against Russia to be “reprogrammed?” Also “reformatted,” in a separate interview. On October 4th. The Barry Goldwater girl who ran for Potus as a democrat.

          • JStan says:

            It should be noted, I believe, Clinton said ‘FORMALLY deprogrammed’. She’s put some thought into it…..she didn’t employ that qualifying term carelessly.

    • F&L says:

      Sorry TTG, and apologies to Fred too. I forgot to include this link:

      Russia Grabbed the US by the Throat! Nuclear powered cruise missile Burevestnik.

      It’s a very silly propaganda piece and not worth watching unless you are deprivrcd of entertainment.

      On the other hand my magic button is real and actually works. For instance in late 2016 I pressed it – an experimental prototype actually – after sending it the order to please get Obama gone. And just like that he disappeared after only a month! I was going to make the pandemic go away but my workshop and papers suddenly disappeared one day early in 2020 – vanished without a trace. I suspect enemy forces were able to copy my designs somehow but prefer not to speculate. But after long and arduous labor and reconstruction, I have built back and am ready to test my latest designs. I hope the government won’t mind if I surround Washington DC with a few dozen samples.


    Will Mexico still pay for it as Trump promised?

    • JStan says:

      It would be easy to make Mexico ‘pay for the wall’. Put a small, reasonable, tax on remittances sent back to Mexico.

      • babelthuap says:


        It is very simple to make all these countries pay for our own border security just like you stated. Some people however do not understand basic economics but I will try to help them.

        These illegal aliens send a lot of money back home just like Steve Martin did for his family in the JERK. Tax that money.

        • TTG says:


          Most of that money is taxed with payroll and Social Security taxes. Those working illegally get none of those taxes returned. It’s free money for the USG. Those here legally and still sending money back to their families at least get some, if not all, of those taxes back.

          • Fred says:


            And those who have to compete with them get lower wages and their children get to compete with those for whom english is a second language with negative results to wages and education quality.

  7. F&L says:

    The problems as usual emanate from the very very top. You may find it incredible but apparently it’s true – the president’s dog’s name is Commander Biden. And he has a habit of mauling innocent people, at least 12 to date. Please take a close look at the photography on the page which this link below leads to. Get it yet! Who does Commander Biden remind you of – which very famous dog which was the beloved pet of one of history’s most cruel and murderous dictators?

    That’s correct – Adolph Hitler’s Alsatian shepherd Blondie. But keep at least one thing in mind – Joe Biden is NOT a vegetarian. And Blondie was not known to attack people with his fangs and claws.
    But Commander Biden is apparently an incurably incorrigible man-eater – an untamable, carnivorous predator. Waited until 12 attacks on your constituents, Mr President? Really? Is that anything like the Clinton presidency when it required 55 black churches to be burned down in the South until the FBI opened an “investigation?”

    Do you think that vicious dogs attack people because their owners treat people and God’s creatures with care and consideration? So now this beast is at “an undisclosed location.”
    Isn’t that comforting. Has the country lost its mind completely? How has this come to pass? Did any of the other famous Presidential pets behave this way? I know the answer – no they didn’t, not even LBJ’s little beagles Him and Her who he cruelly dangled by their ears on the Whitehouse lawn. Remember President Nixon’s little Cocker Spaniel ‘Checkers,’ and that man’s sensitivity to his little pet?

    We live in dangerous times.

    Biden’s Dog Moved to Undisclosed Location After Biting Spree.

  8. optimax says:

    Biden is just a mean old man. This video shows him having no control over Commander and kicking it in frustration. There are, according to the article, unconfirmed reports he has punched and kicked his dog before. I remember it was reported Crazy Joe trained the dogs himself. No wonder America, I mean, Commander is out of control.

    Obama’s dog bit one his daughter’s friends in the face but I think it was after he left the WH. I blame the kid for hugging dog around the neck, most dogs find that threatening.

  9. optimax says:

    Not all dogs perceive a hug around the neck as a threat. I have a photo of my Golden/Lab of a young girl hugging him around the neck. He love children more than anything in the world. Bless his great big doggie soul.

    Forgot the link.


    • TTG says:


      I watched the video (which was suspiciously edited). It looks more like Biden tried to herd his dog into the limo with his leg rather than a kick. Either way, that’s a good way for an old man to fall and break a hip.

  10. optimax says:


    Blocking is a useful herding technique I’ve used many times. You perform it by standing in the path you don’t want the dog to move and not moving the leg from right to left into the side of the dog’s head, which is what I saw. It was a feeble old-man kick that didn’t hurt Commander but still no way to train a dog. I guess we just see it differently.

    I do agree with you that a longer, less edited video would help determine context. The news does edit videos to conform to a narrative.

  11. Keith Harbaugh says:

    Over in Europe, they are struggling to achieve agreement on how to handle the invasions from the global South:


    My impression is that, like in the U.S.,
    the political and media elites are far more accepting of mass demographic transformation of their nations and societies
    than the mass of their citizens.
    As an example, consider Angela Merkel.

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