Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Border turns quiet under Trump amid steep drop in arrests

Border turns quiet under Trump amid steep drop in arrests

Since Trump came into office and after signing several executive orders allocating more resources to border security and deportation, the arrival of undocumented migrants via the southern border has been reduced to record lows.

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.

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.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly offered more soothing words Wednesday for Canadians concerned about border security when he appeared before a Senate committee and was asked what concerns he had about security along the Canada-U.S. frontier.

"We're not going to build a wall where it doesn't make sense". "There are also concerns about how working on the wall would affect a construction company's ability to work in other countries, given that the Trump plan has received a great deal of global criticism".

"For the younger generation, they say if there is going to be a wall, let's have it be green", said Gleason Managing Partner Thomas Gleason.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said it will select bidders around June 1 and companies will build prototypes in San Diego County on federal land that month.

Kelly said before his confirmation as homeland security secretary that he did not think a wall itself would resolve border security issues, and has said since that in some areas, physical barriers would be unnecessary or impractical. Kelly also announced last month that authorities might start separating adults and children crossing the border, to deter families from trying to enter the U.S.

In March, President Donald Trump submitted a Budget Amendment for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 that includes $3 billion for border security, immigration enforcement and public safety.

The Department of Homeland Security in January sought models for a solid concrete wall that would be as high as 30 feet and anchored many feet into the ground but also visually pleasing from the USA side. But they declined to guess the cost of the entire wall, which would cut through mountains and terrain "that looks like you're in a Mars rover", said contractor Evangelista-Ysasaga.

"I don't need to do that, I've done it verbally", Kelly said. "But we'll do something across the Southwest border", Kelly said. "It's not going to happen".

Concrete Contractors Interstate proposed a 30-foot polished concrete wall augmented with stones and artifacts that are tailored to different sections of the 2,000 mile border.

"Nobody wants to hear about a kid dying on the wall", he said.

"We're changing that; it's already changed", Kelly said, referring to a government survey that found morale at DHS was among the lowest in the government.

"'Wall' shall mean a contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure, contiguous, and impassable physical barrier'". He also cited "very, very good relationships with the Mexicans, both on their southern border where they stopped 160,000 illegal immigrants from Central America last year".

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