Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Congress the decline was "no accident", crediting President Trump. The FY 2018 Budget Blueprint, released February 16th, sought $2.6 billion for high-priority border security technology and tactical infrastructure, including funding to plan, design and construct the border wall.
During a meeting of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on April. 5, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly spoke about President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, and said it's "unlikely that we will build a wall, a physical barrier, from sea to shining sea".
Instead of a "beautiful wall" that Trump has promised, the federal government likely will build fencing and concrete walls in places that make the most sense.
In Texas, a wall was built along parts of the border a full ten years ago.
Evangelista-Ysasaga said he got a taste of the deep-seated dissention from threatening phone calls once he publicly indicated interest in building the wall.
"As soon as we (can) stop this, "from sea to shining sea we're going to build a wall and the Mexicans are going to pay for it" - it's embarrassing", McCaskill said. Winners must also have done border security or similar projects worth $25 million or more in the past five years. Democrats oppose it and some Republicans are also skeptical, suspecting that American taxpayers would foot the bill.More news: 'Only time will tell' on improving US-China trade
But they declined to guess the entire cost of the entire wall, which will cut through mountains and terrain "that looks like you're in a Mars rover", said contractor Evangelista-Ysasaga.
Technically, it's still in the USA, because the border wall doesn't exactly follow the actual border, but there's still "a feeling of isolation" when you punch in your code and enter the fence, said Ray Loop. "If it's being used to put up a concrete wall, we will know how this is going", adding that splitting up the money for a wall prototype and technology such as radar and ground sensors would "put us more at ease". Kelly defended Mr. Trump's assertion, saying that it's clear existing physical barriers along the border work well.
Kelly has previously said that young immigrants who took advantage of an Obama administration program that protects them from deportation and allows them to work legally in the United States won't be targeted for deportation unless they let that protection lapse or commit a crime. Claire McCaskill said Wednesday. But, he said, "I have a lot of elbow room" from the president regarding what will eventually be built.
Senator John McCain asked if Mr Kelly's agency was receiving help from Mexican officials.
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