Border turns quiet under Trump amid steep drop in arrests

Border turns quiet under Trump amid steep drop in arrests

Securing the border, he said, is a prerequisite for granting a path to citizenship to millions in the USA illegally.

President Donald Trump's campaign promise of a "big attractive wall" along the Mexican border all but came tumbling down Wednesday as the secretary of Homeland Security said that there would only be solid barriers on parts of the border, combined with technology and human patrols.

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Texas Governor Greg Abbott tour the Texas-Mexico border.

Gen. Jack Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, told Congress on Wednesday there's "no way" he can estimate how much President Trump's long-promised border wall will cost.

"So he knows that we're not going to build a. 2,000 mile concrete wall".

Though the Trump administration has not yet changed how the border is patrolled, the president's tough talk on immigration - including plans to build a border wall - and his stepped-up arrests of immigrants living in the country illegally have likely acted as deterrents.

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.

Michael Evangelista-Ysasaga, CEO of Fort-Worth general contractor The Penna Group, said he talked with border agents and they want to see through the wall into Mexico.

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Customs and Border Protection has made it clear that is seeking prototypes for solid concrete barriers (or some with a see-through feature) and not designs that rely heavily on technology. Democrats oppose it and some Republicans are also skeptical, suspecting that American taxpayers would foot the bill.

The bids came after the Department of Homeland Securities released an extensive list of requirements last month, specifying it had to be "physically imposing" and "aesthetically pleasing in colour" from the U.S. side. "It's embarrassing", McCaskill said. A typical response, he told senators, is: "Boss, if you could give me 27 more miles here, 16 miles here, I don't really care about the other 140 miles I'm responsible for". It is "unlikely that we will build a wall or physical barrier from sea to shining sea", he continued, adding that he is "committed" to constructing a physical barrier wherever it is recommended.

One couple, Ray and D'Ann Loop, had nearly their entire farmland - including their house - cut off from the rest of America by ending up on the wrong side of the border wall.

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"Is the President okay with fencing instead of a wall?" asked Sen.

"It's not going to happen".

Kelly assured that President Trump has told him to "go do it" and to protect the southwest border in "any way that makes sense". Kelly said that, in the past, mobile searches have helped DHS identify pedophiles.

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