The Biden administration has gathered its first dent as a major poll finds majority of Americans disapprove of its handling the situation at the US southern border, while DHS may restart wall construction to close “gaps,” plus more top stories in politics.
AP Poll Reveals That Americans Are Unhappy with Biden’s Border Crisis Approach
The latest poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released on Monday showed that, in more than one category related to the situation at America’s southern border with Mexico, the majority of Americans disapprove of how the Biden administration is managing the problem, specifically with how it affects young children and their safety, the Associated Press and the Daily Wire reported. The Associated Press said the results of the poll as “suggesting it could be a weak point for the new administration.”
According to the poll, 59 percent said providing safe treatment of unaccompanied children when they are apprehended should be a high priority, while 65 percent said reuniting families separated at the border should be prioritized. 53% of Americans said more security at the border should be a high priority for the federal government.
DHS May Start Building Border Wall Again
Last week, employees at the Department of Homeland Security were told by Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that, while President he may order the restart of border wall construction to plug what he called “gaps” in the current barrier, according to a report by the Washington Times. According to notes of an ice session reviewed by the Times, it reported that customs and border protection, which is responsible for overseeing the wall, has submitted a plan for what it would like to see happen moving forward.
“The president has communicated quite clearly his decision that the emergency that triggered the devotion of DOD funds to the construction of the border wall is ended,” Secretary Mayorkas said. “But that leaves room to make decisions as the administration, as part of the administration, in particular areas of the wall that need renovation, particular projects that need to be finished.”
All Adults Will Soon Be Able to Get Vaccinated
President Joe Biden is expected to make an announcement on Tuesday that all US states should make all adults eligible for vaccine by April 19. This deadline is two weeks earlier than the previous deadline, according to a White House official, NBC reported.
New Protections for LGBTQ Students
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued an updated memorandum reminding all federal agencies that gay and transgender students are protected from discrimination under civil rights laws, The Hill reported. The memo highlighted how a 1972 education civil rights law known as Title IX should be read as covering gay and transgender students.
“After considering the text of Title IX, Supreme Court caselaw, and developing jurisprudence in this area, the Division has determined that the best reading of Title IX’s prohibition on discrimination ‘on the basis of sex’ is that it includes discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation,” Pamela Karlan, the head of the DOJ’s civil rights division, wrote in the memo.