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Mayorkas cites ‘immediate need’ to waive regulations, build border wall in Texas as immigration surges

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is citing an “acute and immediate need” to waive dozens of federal laws to build a border wall in south Texas where illegal migration has surged. 

It’s a sharp contrast to dismissals of the use of such barriers in the early days of the administration.

The agency posted an announcement on the U.S. Federal Register that outlines construction in Starr County in the Rio Grande Valley Sector, where the administration says there is “high illegal entry.” The agency says there have been over 245,000 migrant encounters in the sector this fiscal year.

Mayorkas says he is using his authority provided by Congress to waive 26 federal laws, including the Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and Endangered Species Act.

“Well, we want them to have a limit on who can come across the border. It is too open right now,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Sunday. “People coming from all over the world are finding their way through simply saying they need asylum. 

Fox News’ Brooke Singman, Bill Melugin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Adam Shaw is a politics reporter for Fox News Digital, primarily covering immigration and border security.

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