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Homeland Security Secretary Concedes Full Border Wall Is ‘Unlikely’

Border fence along Mexico and the U.S.

Border fence along Mexico and the U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s homeland security secretary conceded Wednesday that it was doubtful that a full border wall with Mexico will be built.

The statement from John F. Kelly is in stark contrast to Trump’s oft-repeated pledge to build a wall along the entire border with Mexico, the New York Times reports. 

“It is unlikely that we will build a wall from sea to shining sea,” Mr. Kelly told senators on the Homeland Security Committee.

Instead of a “beautiful wall” that Trump has promised, the federal government likely will build fencing and concrete walls in places that make the most sense.

Congress has yet to act on Trump’s request for funding for the wall.

Trump’s budget calls for $1.4 billion to begin building the wall.

New Border Patrol Chief Says Wall Will Be Effective If Done ‘Right’

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ron Vitiello

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ron Vitiello

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

New U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ron Vitiello said a wall at the Mexican border will be effective if done “right.”

“Placement is important, where it is in relation to the actual boundary and then what kind of equipment and resources support it because in it of itself, it won’t do that job,” said Vitiello in an interview with ABC News

Vitiello said agents will be the critical component of a successful wall.

“Somebody has to arrest the people who are going to continue to attempt to enter even if there is a border wall,” he said.

Vitiello added that the wall will need adequate surveillance technology and sensing equipment to alert agents when someone attempts to breach the wall.

Border Patrol Agents Discover Catapult Used to Smuggle Drugs

A catapult found at the Mexico-Arizona border, via CBP.

A catapult found at the Mexico-Arizona border, via CBP.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents found a catapult that smugglers were using to throw bundles of marijuana over the Mexican border in Arizona.

Agents on patrol near the Douglas Port Entry discovered the device on Feb. 10, The Arizona Republic reports. 

Several people who were seen near the catapult fled upon seeing the agents.

Agents found two bundles of marijuana that weighed nearly 50 pounds.

Mexican authorities seized the catapult.

Report: Estimated Cost & Timeline of Trump’s Wall Skyrockets

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The cost of President Trump’s proposed wall along the Mexican border has soared to an estimated $21.6 billion, according to an internal report by Homeland Security.

The wall also would take 3.5 years to complete, Reuters reports. 

Trump has estimated that the wall would cost $12 billion.

More than 1,200 miles of walls would need to be erected to secure the border.

A White House spokesman declined to comment on the report, saying it would be “premature” because it has not been officials given to the president.

What remains unclear is how Trump will pay for the wall. He wants Congress to approve the expenditure, which he maintains will be reimbursed by Mexico. Mexican officials said they won’t pay for the wall.

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President Trump Moves to Build Wall, Beef Up Enforcement, End Sanctuary Cities

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump is delivering on his pledge to protect the border from undocumented immigrants.

On Wednesday, Trump called for tripling the size of ICE and hiring of 5,000 border officers, the New York Post reports. 

Trump also signed an executive order to build a border wall with Mexico another to penalize sanctuary cities.

“A nation without borders is not a nation,” the president declared. “We are going to restore the rule of law in the United States. Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders.”

Trump said sanctuary cities, such as New York, have “caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic.”

Trump again spoke of the importance of a wall.

“As I’ve said repeatedly, we’re going to get the bad ones out, the criminals and the drug dealers and the gangs and gang members and cartel leaders,” the president said.

“The day is over when they can stay in our country and wreak havoc. We are going to get them out, and we are going to get them out fast.”

Watch President Trump Deliver Speech at Homeland Security

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump spoke to Homeland Security on Wednesday afternoon about his plan to build a wall and increase enforcement on the ground.

President Trump to Launch Plans Today for Building Wall at Mexico Border

border fence photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Donald Trump is moving forward with his plans to build a wall along Mexico, signing an executive action Wednesday to direct federal resources to the project.

Today, Trump begins speaking about his immigration plans, which will be rolled out over the next several days, CNN reports. 

Trump tweeted on Tuesday, “Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!”

Trump’s first executive action will direct Homeland Security to begin construction of the border wall. In addition, Trump wants to increase staff at Customs and Border Protection by 5,000 to reduce immigrants fleeing violence in Central America.

How Trump plans to pay for the wall remains unclear. He wants Homeland Security to determine how much money is available to fund the wall’s construction.

Trump has insisted Mexico will pay America back for the wall, but Mexican officials said they have no such intention.

Trump’s Plan to Build a Wall at Mexican Border Would Skirt Federal Laws

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Robert J. Uram
San Francisco Chronicle

Now that the Trump transition team has signaled to congressional Republicans that the president-elect wants to seek a budget appropriation to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border and have Mexico reimburse the cost later, it’s time to think about how he might do that. As president, Donald Trump may propose that Congress give him new authority to set aside laws to expedite construction. Congress set such an ill-advised precedent when it authorized wall construction more than a decade ago. The possibility of a similar request now should concern us all.

In 2005, Congress passed the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush. Hidden away in this enormous appropriations bill was a section of the REAL ID Act of 2005, which gave the secretary of Homeland Security the unlimited right to waive “all legal requirements” he or she deems necessary to expedite the installation of border controls in areas of high illegal entry.

That included environmental protections laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act and the National Historic Preservation Act. These are, perhaps, logical waivers to expedite construction of border facilities.

There is, however, nothing in the law that would have prevented setting aside other less germane laws. The secretary could have waived the Freedom of Information Act to allow the project to be built in secret — he or she is only limited by his or her imagination. Not only can federal laws be waived, but all state, local and “other laws” derived from or related to the subject of the federal laws also can be waived. All that was required was publication of the waiver in the Federal Register.

And, as it happened, the Department of Homeland Security exercised its waiver rights five times to build nearly 700 miles of border protection. Literally dozens of laws have been waived, including many environmental laws and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

But that is only half the story.

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