WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) blasted the Biden administration for ending construction of the Southern border wall. She recounted her recent visit to Yuma, Arizona where she witnessed firsthand how the border crisis has overrun local communities, and saw taxpayer-funded border wall materials collecting dust in the desert – ironically within a protective fence.
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Ernst has consistently worked to secure the Southern border. In May, she led the BUILD IT Act, which would require the federal government to transfer any material associated with the construction of the border barrier to any state, upon request, for the materials’ original purpose.
Ernst also spearheaded the Disrupt Fentanyl Trafficking Act, a bipartisan effort to address fentanyl trafficking by utilizing Department of Defense tools and involving Mexico as an active partner to combat this crisis and disrupt Mexican cartel activity. This bill was included in the Senate-passed National Defense Authorization Act.