The Department of Homeland Security announced just days ago that President Donald Trump had followed through on one of his campaign promises in a big way, giving him an unexpected way of confirming that he had kept his 2016 campaign promise.
“Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) celebrated the construction of nearly 400 miles of new border wall system, in high priority locations across the Southwest border under the Trump Administration,” DHS said in a press release on their website.
The agency went on to outline how it has been decades of struggle by board security, but the current administration has been more dedicated to the cause of a secure border than any in recent history.
“Since CBP began constructing border barriers nearly 30 years ago, these barriers have proved to be a critical component in gaining operational control of the border,” the press relies went on. “Deploying the wall system in high priority areas allows U.S. Border Patrol to decide where border crossings take place, not smugglers, and where to deploy personnel and technology in complement to the border barrier.”
The president was clear during his last election that he wanted to not stymie the flow of legitimate immigrants, but have the ability to take account of who was crossing the border and halt any potential threats to national security. The miles of unmanned border has long been a haven, allowing, by proxy, anyone who could enter the nation of Mexico, free access to the United States.
Acting Secretary Chad Wolf weighed in, saying that “The progress we are celebrating here did not happen by accident. The many miles of border wall system exists because of the will and vision of President Trump, and the dedication and hard work of the men and women of DHS, the Army Corps of Engineers and our colleagues from across the Administration. While this is an important milestone, we are building even more wall. Currently, we have nearly 210 more miles under construction, and we expect to complete 450 miles by the end of the year.”
Acting Deputy Secretary of the DHS, Ken Cuccinelli, was also enthusiastic about the progress, according to DHS’s press briefing, calling it a historic day for the American people and for the Trump Administration. Cuccinelli said that the administration was “defying all those who said it couldn’t be done.
“The celebration of 400 miles of border wall system is a testament to President Trump’s leadership and this Administration’s commitment to secure our southern border and build an effective border wall system that protects all Americans.”
One other crucial organization that is on the front lines of keeping Americans safe is also delighted with the progress. Customs and Border Patrol Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan believes that the wall system is “Exhibit A in showing that the Trump Administration is serious about border security.”
“This wall saves American lives. Every single bit of concrete and steel that goes into the ground stops dangerous people and deadly drugs from coming into this country.”
The DHS website stated that the fight to keep a firm barrier between the United States and Mexico continues, with around 10 miles of the wall being completed per week. Currently, new border wall systems have funding and will be constructed in San Diego, El Centro, Yuma, Tucson, El Paso, Del Rio, Laredo, and Rio Grande Valley Sectors with around 338 additional miles are either under construction or in the pre-construction phase.
“We are shutting down illegal border crossing points with the new border wall system,” said U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott. “For too long, the smugglers had the upper hand in choosing where and when they smuggle their contraband, and that will no longer be the case.”