Border agency fields pitches for Trump's wall with Mexico

During the hearing, several officials testified that a true "wall" across the full border is not necessary or realistic and that barrier will instead be a combination of wall, fencing, electronic surveillance and personnel.

State lawmakers in both California and NY have introduced bills that would effectively blacklist any company involved in building the border wall from future state business.

Prototypes are required to withstand "for a minimum of 1 hour" efforts to breach it by punching, using a sledgehammer, or a "car jack, pick axe, chisel, battery operated impact tools, battery operated cutting tools, Oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools", according to requests for proposal The requests also said the wall must have anti-climbing devices and mechanisms to prevent tunneling under it to a depth of six feet.

The Trump administration won't attempt to build a barrier along the entire length of the nation's 2,000-mile border with Mexico, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday.

That's a likely sign that fewer immigrants are trying to make the trek into the United States.

"I like the wall to be able to pay for itself", Thomas Gleason, a managing partner at the company, told NBC.

Only 1,125 children traveling with guardians, who are mostly women, were apprehended at the southern U.S. border in March, according to data released on Wednesday by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. March marks the fifth straight month of decline and is estimated to be approximately 71% lower than the December 2016 total - 58,478.

President Donald Trump's border wall is unlikely to stretch from one coast to the other, but it needs to be built to ensure the already significant drop in illegal border crossings becomes permanent, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told senators. "Everything was on the Mexican side of the US border fence".

"The President has told me, 'Kelly, go do it".

Kelly's comment contrasted with earlier pronouncements that his agency was considering separation as a deterrent to would-be border crossers, mostly from Central America.

Bidding for the border wall closed on Tuesday with numerous largest engineering and construction firms declining to submit proposals, CNN reported, possibly forcing the administration to rely on smaller firms, which may not have the necessary resources to complete the massive project as efficiently.

Despite what may appear on first glance as a lack in confidence in President Trump's border wall plan, Kelly went on to claim that the president's executive orders on undocumented immigration have resulted in an "absolutely amazing" drop in apprehensions at the Southern border.

This undated rendering provided by iCON Wall Solution shows a proposed border wall between Mexico and the U.S. The San Diego County-based Concrete Contractors Interstate's proposal is for a polished concrete wall that can be augmented with stones and artifacts specific to local areas it cuts through. "Physical barriers do work if they're put in the right places". "It's not going to happen".

  • Leroy Wright