During Senate Hearing, Biden Nominee Says Border Walls Work

While President Joe Biden continues to say that border walls don’t work, one of his administration’s nominees said walls do work.

During a Senate hearing, Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) questioned Biden’s nominee Yael Lempert about the $150 million allocated to Jordan for border security in the 2023 omnibus package.

“The omnibus last year provided for at least $150 million for border security in Jordan,” Hagerty began. “It’s a large amount of taxpayer dollars. And if you think about the purpose of this, it’s to provide physical security, to keep people from illegally crossing into Jordan, isn’t that correct?”

In response, Lempert agreed with Hagerty that border walls work, despite Democrats pushing to keep them from going along the U.S.’s southern border.

“It is to provide physical security, to stop drug smugglers, to deal with the threat of Jordan’s neighbor, Syria. Obviously, the conflict there continues, and it’s a dangerous neighborhood,” Lempert said.

Hagerty then asked Lempert if physical security along the border was efficient, which she confirmed.

“I just think it’s an important lesson for us to learn, as Americans, that we’re spending United States taxpayer dollars to support border security in a country that we’re trying to build stronger relations with,” Hagerty added. “I think we ought to be learning a lesson ourselves because there’s not a penny in the president’s budget to support our own border security here.”

During the 2020 presidential election, then-candidate Biden declared that if he were elected, “not another foot of wall” would be constructed under his administration. He, along with Democrats, criticized former President Donald Trump for building a wall along the southern border.

In 2022, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy questioned White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre regarding Biden’s temporary continuation of Trump’s border wall.

Jean-Pierre said that the Biden administration was not finishing Trump’s border wall while blaming the former president for the “mess” at the border.

“So, we are not finishing the wall; we are cleaning up the mess the prior administration left behind in their failed attempt to build a wall,” Jean-Pierre said at the time.

Doocy pressed Jean-Pierre, arguing that when Biden was a candidate, he pledged that there would be no border wall construction under his administration but reversed course.

“So, what changed,” Doocy asked.

The Biden administration continued to deny they were finishing Trump’s wall. “We are not finishing the wall. It is an ineffective use of taxpayer dollars,” the administration said.