President Joe Biden's administration plans to add sections to the border wall to address the surge in migrant crossings from Mexico, continuing a policy initiated by former President Donald Trump 

Trump, a frontrunner for the Republican Party's 2024 presidential nomination, had made building border walls a central focus during his first campaign 

Shortly after taking office in January 2021, Biden issued a proclamation vowing not to divert American taxpayer dollars to construct a border wall and initiated a review of existing commitments 

Despite Biden's proclamation against further wall construction, the administration argued that funds allocated during Trump's term in 2019 must still be utilized 

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas reiterated that the Biden administration does not view a border wall as a solution to immigration issues but is obligated to follow existing funding laws 

Trump claimed victory over the decision to continue building the wall and demanded an apology, emphasizing the historical effectiveness of walls 

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador criticized the move, describing it as a step backward in U.S.-Mexico relations 

Immigration is expected to be a prominent issue in the 2024 U.S. presidential race, with a majority of Americans believing that immigration makes life harder for native-born citizens 

The decision to proceed with border wall construction may draw criticism from Biden's left-leaning base, including immigration advocates and environmentalists opposed to further construction 

The Biden administration announced the need to waive various laws and regulations to build barriers in Starr County, Texas, citing an urgent requirement to prevent unlawful entries due to record migrant crossings