Biden says President Donald Trump’s administration is “looking at a lot of options” for the Dania, Sonora and Nogales border areas, and that he is working to make appointments.
The vice president said at a press conference Friday that he has made calls to both House and Senate leaders to try to finalize the border appointment process.
The president and his top advisers have repeatedly suggested that they would be ready to move forward with border approvals as soon as they had a plan, a position Biden said he was “comfortable” with.
Trump is still not clear on whether he would support a border security plan that included a proposal for border fencing and checkpoints.
Biden also said he had spoken to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto about the border and that they had discussed a border fence proposal.
“I have had a very productive meeting with President Peña,” Biden said.
“I have a very clear sense of what we’re trying to achieve here.
We want to keep the border secure, we want to secure the people who are living here.”
Asked if Trump’s team was open to making some kind of changes, Biden said: “I’m comfortable that we’re working on a plan.”
He said that he would also make a decision on his own.
The Dania-Sonora border area includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and California.
It’s home to about 1.4 million people and has been the scene of clashes between the U.S. and Mexico in the past.
The Sonora-Nogales Border is about 160 miles from San Diego, California, and is an area of concern for border communities, who say that some areas are too close to the border to allow a full-fledged wall.
Trump’s decision on a border wall is an early test of his commitment to building a border barrier.
Biden said that, as president, he would work with his team to find a solution to the problem.
He said he wants to see a fence in place by the time he leaves office in 2021.