Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Homeland Security Sec. Unsure of the Cost of Mexico Border Wall

Warren Dawson | 13 April, 2017, 02:25

John Kelly said in a written testimony that fewer than 12,500 people were caught illegally crossing the border last month.

During the almost two-hour back-and-forth with senators, Kelly said families caught crossing the border illegally generally would not be separated unless the "situation at the time requires it".

Although the construction zone falls under the direct jurisdiction of the Border Patrol, The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which handles the bids has clearly stated that the contractors would be expected to handle their own security. But he said separation would not be routine.

The border wall under development by the Department of Homeland Security will not be a monolithic concrete wall spanning the length of the southern USA border but will mix a variety of technologies, the agency's leader told a Senate hearing.

Claire McCaskill, who said that in the Senate nobody believes that Trump's wall will be built along the lines the president has set forth, Kelly acknowledged that a cement wall along the more than 3,000 kilometers (1,800 miles) of border with Mexico is undoable.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was questioned by a Senate panel on Wednesday, but only said it was not current policy to separate women and children except in certain circumstances.

One border wall design bidder allegedly asked if construction workers can carry a gun even in states with stringent Second Amendment restrictions to protect themselves from potential attack by violent protesters. "Physical barriers do work if they're put in the right places".

"We confront sophisticated and adaptable adversaries and we are dedicated to maintaining our vigilance as we work to counter these threats to our national security", said Kelly, named to his post in January to oversee a DHS staff of 230,000.

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Kelly said he's been given "elbow room" by the president to execute the border as he sees fit and the wall could be combination of fencing, surveillance and technology.

According to Kelly's original testimony provided to Fox News, there has been a sharp decline in apprehensions along the southwest border since the beginning of the year, with March marking the fifth straight month of decline, apprehending 17,000 individuals attempting to enter the USA illegally.

"It's unlikely that we will build wall or a physical barrier from sea to shining sea", Kelly testified.

In response to Kelly's comments, Sen.

The Department of Homeland Security's original request for proposals stated that any design submitted must be able to withstand an hour-long assault by pick-axes and sledgehammers, and should be "aesthetically pleasing" along the American side.

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