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Customs and Border Protection to repair border wall

Repairs will begin in the Tucson sector next month.

Published: September 19, 2022 12:35pm

Updated: September 19, 2022 1:51pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is planning on repairing the southern U.S. border wall and closing small gaps in the barrier after President Joe Biden halted all border construction his first day in office nearly two years ago.

Agency authorities held a meeting Wednesday to discuss the environmental assessment of the proposed "Border Barrier Remediation Plan," which would fix parts of the border wall in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.

The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the agency and border security, say it plans on prioritizing remediation funding for projects to protect the public and "avert further environmental damage or degradation."

Beyond the proposal, administration officials said "all border barrier construction projects have been canceled."

Small gaps will be closed in the wall in addition to work to such as completing unfinished gates and fixing drainage areas,

But large holes in the border will remain, a Border Patrol Environmental Planning official said during Wednesday's meeting, according to AZ Central.

Repair work will begin in the Tucson Border Patrol sector next month, while planned work at most other sectors is still in the preliminary stages.

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