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DHS cancels border wall contracts in Texas as migrant crisis swells

DHS cancels border wall contracts in Texas as migrant crisis swells | 9 Oct 2021 | The Department of Homeland Security is pulling the plug on contracts to erect a border wall in the embattled Rio Grande Valley -- even as migrants from around the world continue to pour into the US from Mexico in unprecedented numbers. The agency “intends to cancel the remaining border barrier contracts located within US Border Patrol's (USBP) Laredo Sector and all border barrier contracts located in the Rio Grande Valley Sector," it announced Friday. The unspent cash that Congress allocated for wall construction will be spent on environmental projects -- including "biological, cultural, and natural resource surveys" in the border region -- instead, according to the statement. The announcement came only a week after DHS said it was bracing for up to 400,000 border apprehensions this month alone.