President Joe Biden‘s Justice Department continues to seize land for the US–Mexico border wall, despite the administration’s promise to review and roll back the project within 60 days, Politico reported.
Most recently, the DOJ used eminent domain to take six acres from a family that lives on the border in Hidalgo County, Texas.
President Donald Trump’s administration initiated the court case to seize the land, and Biden’s administration never asked for the judge to dismiss the case.
Reynaldo Anzaldua Cavazos, whose land was taken, said he is “very, very disappointed in Joe Biden,” according to Politico.
“I thought he was a man of his word but apparently he’s not keeping his word,” Cavazos said.
“He said not one more foot of wall and no land forfeitures,” Cavazos continued. “We took him at his word and we want him to keep his word.”
During his campaign last year, Biden pledged in no uncertain terms to halt progress on the wall, one of Trump’s signature agenda items.
“End. Stop. Done. Over. Not going to do it,” Biden said. “Withdraw the lawsuits. We’re out. We’re not going to confiscate the land.”
He has since appeared to backpedal on some of those policy reversals after facing a historic surge of illegal immigrants—including many unaccompanied minors who are subjected to rape and assault, both on the dangerous trek and while being imprisoned indefinitely in Biden’s overcrowded border detention centers.
The White House has resumed Trump-era discussions with Central American countries about enforcing their own borders to deter migrants, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has signaled his desire to complete some of the gaps in wall construction.
The new administration also has betrayed open-borders activists by failing to deliver on some of its other promises. Biden has not increased the refugee asylum cap, which allows dangerous aliens, who have no experience with freedom or personal responsibility, to come in from war-torn countries.
“They can have all the excuses they want, but it’s real dicey to look at what they’re doing right now,” said an anonymous person who works with the White House on immigration policy. “It’s a lot of stuff Trump was doing.”
There are still 140 eminent domain cases pending in federal court.
Biden’s Justice Department does not seem ready to dismiss the cases. Instead, the administration has “left open the possibility that some aspects of the project may resume,” the DOJ wrote in a case.
“At this time the Secretary of Homeland Security has not shed light on the future of the border wall or the road project,” it said.