More and more Americans are taking note of the fact that there is very little relationship between numerous pledges made by then-candidate Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential campaign and the decisions his administration has actually made since assuming control in January.
A prime example of an apparent Biden reversal is that of his administration’s seizure Tuesday of 6.5 acres of ranch land along the Texas border with Mexico that followed a judge’s ruling in the very sort of court battle in which the president vowed he would never engage, as Law & Crime reports.
According to Breitbart, controversies over rancher Fred Cavazon’s property date back to the George W. Bush administration, with the owner fighting to retain control of property his family has held since 1760. In August of 2020, the Trump administration filed suit to condemn the land to construct part of the southern border wall, after having made its intentions known back in 2018.
Cavazos protested the action, arguing that the government’s plans would ruin his family’s ability to earn a living from the property, as renters would have little interest in land rendered largely inaccessible and/or unattractive because of the wall itself, and contending that his cattle herd would lose the ability to access water.
During the heat of the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden insisted that he would bring an end to all litigation seeking to condemn border-adjacent land for purposes of wall construction, bluntly saying, according to Breitbart, “End it. End. End. Stop. Done. Over. Not gonna do it. Withdraw the lawsuits. We’re out. We’re not gonna confiscate the land.”
Curiously, however, the Biden administration’s Justice Department picked up the litigation in early 2021, dashing the Cavazos family’s hopes that the president would remain true to his prior words on the subject. Reynaldo Cavazos lamented the situation to the Washington Post, saying, “We took him at his word. He is not keeping his word.”
On Monday, federal District Judge Micaela Alvarez, agreeing that the government has need of “urgency of possession,” granted immediate control of the contested parcel to the administration, according to Law & Crime, and authorities seized physical possession of the land two days later.
This is not the only instance in which Biden’s actions with regard to border wall constructions have been a far cry from his words on the stump. Despite guaranteeing last August that “not another foot of wall” would be constructed if he won election to the White House, reports emerged earlier this month that the president was in fact considering restarting previously halted wall construction at certain points along the border to fill some “gaps,” according to The Washington Times.
With increasing regularity, diverse segments of the American electorate are learning the hard way that on a wide range of issues, the words of the Biden campaign – when compared to the deeds of the Biden administration – ultimately amounted to little more than a classic case of bait-and-switch.