Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, told Fox News in an exclusive interview Wednesday that he has an aggressive, two-year agenda for completing a wall along the US border with Mexico.
"The wall will be built where it's needed first, and then it will be filled in", Kelly told Fox News' Catherine Herridge and Matthew Dean in an exclusive interview Wednesday, his first as DHS secretary.
Kelly said that while Washington thinks it knows the border, the only opinion that counts "are from the people that work this border", meaning federal and state security officials.
Asked about hostility from Mexican about the American plan to build a wall, Kelly remarked, 'I'd really like to establish a relationship on this, on the other side.
Kelly said that protecting the southern border is "a layered approach" that includes physical barriers as well as technological sensors "and things like that".
The government has the will, he said, adding the money to build it will come easily.
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Mr. Kelly traveled to McAllen, Texas, on Wednesday to visit Border Patrol agents and witness their challenges with illegal immigration.
But the idea of the wall being more of a transparent barrier between the two countries, at least in part, contradicts Trump's claim that he will erect a "big, lovely wall" along the entire length of the border.
After an global backlash caused by President Trump barring travel into the U.S. from seven majority-Muslim countries, General Kelly defended his boss. "I think that alone would act as a huge deterrent for people who are considering making the trip up", he said. In addition to Ryan's import tax, those options could include an increase in visa and border-crossing card fees, or a lump-sum payment from Mexico of billions of dollars, according to Fox News.
'People were treated with dignity and respect, ' Kelly said.
"She said, 'take it, your whole life, our whole life, the Kelly family is a life of service'".