President Trump’s border wall is slowly coming together and the first completed section in California was recently revealed.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was on-site to reveal the new border wall and said the Trump administration was continuing to look at “every possible way” to prevent illegal immigration.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 25, 2018
Fox News reports the unveiling came as a migrant caravan of over 7,000 people is continuing to travel north through Mexico and to the United States border.
From Fox News:
The caravan covered more than 60 miles Friday and was roughly 990 miles from McAllen, Texas, and over 2,300 miles from San Diego.
“We are looking at every possible way within the legal construct that we have to make sure that those who don’t have the legal right to come to this country do not come in,” Nielsen said from the El Centro Sector near Calexico in front of a newly constructed 30-foot, two-mile fence.
“Looking at this, I would not attempt to climb it,” she added.
Nielsen posted a photo of the completed border wall online and said she was “very proud” of its quick construction.
The Homeland Security secretary said, “Very proud today to acknowledge the completion of the first section of @POTUS’ border wall. Thank you @CBP and all our partners that are helping us to deploy new border wall systems.”
She later added: “Border security is national security. We need funding to continue building @POTUS’ wall. We need personnel to secure the border. And we need laws that work for the American people. I refuse to believe that this is too complex for Congress to solve, they must address this crisis.”
Border security is national security. We need funding to continue building @POTUS‘ wall. We need personnel to secure the border. And we need laws that work for the American people. I refuse to believe that this is too complex for Congress to solve, they must address this crisis. https://t.co/FbDkF6dtyF
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) October 27, 2018
During a presser held adjacent to the new border fence, Nielsen said the border wall would be effective in preventing illegal immigration.
“Let me be clear: Walls work,” she said.
According to the report, the Trump administration has 2,800 troops stationed at the border to prevent entry of the migrant caravan.
Interestingly, Fox News reports the troops will not physically detain the migrants but are there to construct barriers:
In an effort to enhance security, the Pentagon recently approved a request for 800 additional troops at the southern border. The White House is looking at other measures, including blocking migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S., which would almost assuredly result in court challenges.
Around 2,000 National Guard troops already serve on the border. The additional troops ordered will operate in areas in California, Arizona and Texas from next Tuesday until Dec. 15, a Pentagon official said.
They will not be authorized to detain migrants. Instead, they will assist Border Patrol personnel on erecting barricades and fencing, conducting helicopter and airplane transport and providing assistance to medical teams and patients.
#CBPElCentro #USBP leadership met with @SecNielsen this morning to discuss the completion 1st section of the #Calexico border wall. Thanks to the Secretary for all her support in securing this section of border. @DHSgov @CBP @CBP_McAleenan pic.twitter.com/AEuBV4TosS
— CBP El Centro (@CBPElCentro) October 26, 2018