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.

A's to face KC in emotional home opener for Royals
The mother of the 25-year-old Ventura, Marisol Hernandez, threw out the first pitch before the game against the Oakland A's. The Kansas City Royals have yet to find a groove in the early going which isn't alarming unless the trend continues.

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.

Gleason Partners LLC of Las Vegas said its solar panels would generate 2 megawatts of electricity an hour.

"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.

Related:

  • Malaysia releases body of Kim Jong Nam to North Korea

    Relations between Malaysia and North Korea have badly frayed since Kim's death, with each expelling the other's ambassador. The three men left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on Thursday on a flight that also carried the body of Kim Jong Nam.

    US says "credible reports" Russia tried to interfere with Montenegro elections

    That, Trump said, is "very bad for Russia" and "very bad for mankind" and the world. NATO's secretary general says defense spending is only part of the picture, though.
    Wisconsin churches on alert amid hunt for gun theft suspect

    Wisconsin churches on alert amid hunt for gun theft suspect

    On Tuesday police found Jakubowski's vehicle on fire not far from where the gun store theft took place, according to NBC News . They have had contact with Jakubowski before including an instance where he tried to take a weapon from an officer.
  • Email Attacks Feat Unpatched Microsoft Word Vulnerability

    Email Attacks Feat Unpatched Microsoft Word Vulnerability

    It's not yet known if the use of Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit prevents the malicious malware from working. Unfortunately, turning off macros does not protect against this attack, as it uses a logical bug in Microsoft Office.
    Garcia wins 1st major title at the Masters

    Garcia wins 1st major title at the Masters

    Yet, he wobbled entering the back nine while going toe-to-toe with Rose suffering a bogey at the 10th and then again at the 11th. Each of them two-time Masters champions, Garcia is quick to mention the other when asked only about one of them.
    Venezuelans called to flood streets in anti-Maduro protest

    Venezuelans called to flood streets in anti-Maduro protest

    A Bolivarian National Police officer fires tear gas toward demonstrators during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, April 8, 2017. Around most of Caracas, checkpoints were set up to search cars and frisk bus passengers even miles away from the clashes.
  • Massachusetts gas prices jump a nickel per gallon

    Massachusetts gas prices jump a nickel per gallon

    Gas prices are rapidly rising locally and across the country, with only two states climbing at a faster rate than Florida . The national average has increased 9 cents during the past month and is 35 cents a gallon higher than one year ago .
    Fierce clashes rock Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon

    Fierce clashes rock Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon

    The incident has raised fears of spiraling violence in Ain el-Hilweh, which has seen intermittent clashes in recent months. It was established in 1948, to host Palestinians displaced by Israeli forces during the establishment of Israel.
    South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, ousts cabinet

    South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, ousts cabinet

    DA leader Mmusi Maimane said they are the only political party that has grown in every election since 1994. His term extends into 2019 but the ANC is likely to choose his successor in December.
  • Xi, Trump pledge to expand mutually beneficial cooperation, manage differences

    Another matter that didn't come up was the bankruptcy of Westinghouse Electric Co.'s nuclear reactor business. Xi thanked Trump for his hospitality and said the meeting had served the objective of advancing the U.S.

    Russian investigators confirm identity of metro bomber

    In Kyrgyzstan, the State Committee for National Security confirmed the man's identity and said it would help the Russian probe. Russian forensic experts found his DNA on a bag left at the Vosstaniya Square subway station, the statement said.

    US Missile Strikes in Syria Trigger Protests in San Francisco

    Neutral countries should investigate whether a chemical weapon was used, and if used, its source should be found, Rouhani said. Before the strikes, USA military officials said they informed their Russian counterparts of the impending attack.

Comments

Latest news

Hungary's president signs bill aimed at Soros-founded school
More than 900 universities worldwide have signed a petition calling for the new law to be scrapped. While CEU is accredited in Hungary and in NY state, it does not have a USA campus.

Pomeranz, Pedroia propel Red Sox past Orioles
Forbes released its annual list of the most valuable Major League Baseball franchises and the Red Sox are near the very top. The Red Sox have gone 3-3 in their first six games and have not had their optimal lineup on the field since Opening Day.

Three GOP lawmakers want state to defy Supreme Court on gay marriages
H.B. 780 also refers the 2012 Marriage Amendment referendum in North Carolina, which passed with 61 percent of the vote. House Speaker Tim Moore , a Republican, said Wednesday that he won't allow the bill to move forward this session.

Lexington Realty Trust (LXP)
Every income investor should own a couple of quality real estate investment trusts in order to build wealth over the long term. The company's last traded volume of 0.79 million shares was above it's an average volume of 0.52 million shares.

Iran's Former President Has Registered To Run For Office Again
The oldest candidate is a 79-year-old man and the youngest is an 18-year-old man, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency. Corruption allegations surrounded Ahmadinejad's presidency and two of his former vice-presidents were jailed, including Baghaei.

Elliott seeks to oust Akzo chair, Akzo says no
Akzo has rejected two PPG takeover offers, while 3% shareholder Elliott has been pressing the company to engage in deal talks. Buechner's vision is centered on the separation of a chemicals division, worth an estimated 9 billion euros ($9.6 billion).

Ugandan academic charged for criticising president on Facebook
Asked what happens if, indeed, Nyanzi is found to be mentally unstable, Nicholas Opio said, court might send her for treatment. Nyanzi is within her constitutional rights and we are for an all-out legal battle with the state to defend her rights".

Abe praises Trump's security commitment after call on Syria, North Korea
Later, he delivered a sober address to the American people about why he had made a decision to retaliate militarily against Mr. The first and most controversial course of action under consideration is placing USA nuclear weapons in South Korea.

'Only time will tell' on improving US-China trade
After all, ahead of the summit, Trump openly fretted about a "very difficult" meeting with his Chinese counterpart. A USA national security review of options on North Korea include economic and military measures.

Donald Trump, Xi Jinping announce plan to avoid trade row
The two presidents had never met but had spoken on the phone a number of times since Trump won the November election. Xi said military relations were an important part of Sino-US ties, and their high-level exchanges should continue.

North Korea says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified
China is North Korea's economic lifeline and as such enjoys more leverage over its maverick neighbour than any other country. "That was not a major part of the discussion, nor do I recall the Chinese specifically raising it", Ross told reporters.

North Korea calls US strikes on Syria 'unforgivable'
It was the first direct US assault on the Russian-backed government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in six years of civil war. A senior intelligence official told the network that he doubted US and China could find a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

Grand National hero Derek Fox: I still can't believe it
Cause of Causes , 16-1, finished second with Saint Are , 25-1, and 8-1 pre-race favourite Blaklion third and fourth respectively. We didn't realise we had just bought such an unbelievable horse, but he has given us such a wonderful journey .

Neil Gorsuch sworn in as Supreme Court justice
Were Trump to replace any of the three, a court that generally leans right would have a rock-solid conservative majority. The Senate on Friday voted 54-45 to confirm the 49-year-old Colorado judge nominated by President Donald Trump .

Stockholm Truck Attacker Identified as Reported ISIS Sympathizer, Denied Residency in Sweden
The suspected truck driver is a 39-year-old Islamic State sympathizer from Uzbekistan, according to local media reports . The family of an 11-year-old Swedish girl have meanwhile confirmed she was one of the four people killed in the attack.

Other news