"We need to finish President Trump’s wall", Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt says

Bryan Dijkhuizen

Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas and his colleague from Missouri filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Thursday, alleging that the government violated the law by suspending border wall building along the United States-Mexico border.

The Vice President issued an executive order on Inauguration Day ordering a halt to all border wall construction and an investigation into the validity of federal government contracts already awarded for the project, calling former President Donald Trump's signature promise a waste of money and stating that it was not a serious policy solution.

Before leaving office, Trump's government constructed around 80 miles of additional border barriers, including 21 miles along the Texas-Mexico border. Responses to an emailed request for comment from the Department of Homeland Security were not immediately available.

“The Biden administration’s flat refusal to use funds that have already been set aside by Congress to build the border wall is not only illegal and unconstitutional,” Paxton said, “It’s also wrong, and it leaves states like Texas and Missouri footing the bill.”

Paxton and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt have filed a second lawsuit against the Biden administration, this time in federal court in St. Louis.

Paxton and Schmitt filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration earlier this year, alleging that the administration had violated administrative law by terminating the Migrant Protection Protocols, a Trump-era program known unofficially as remain in Mexico, which forces asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while their legal cases are being processed.

“We need to finish President Trump’s wall,” Schmitt said on Thursday during an El Paso news conference announcing the new lawsuit.

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