Secretary Kelly is NOT wasting any time.
In keeping with Trump’s instructions, Kelly sent out a memo with Explicit instructions for his department.
It includes prioritizing the deportation of dangerous felons. It includes the hiring of a truckload more ICE employees.
And it includes that…
Here it is from the memo.
F. Border Wall Construction and Funding
A wall along the southern border is necessary to deter and prevent the illegal entry of
aliens and is a critical component of the President’s overall border security strategy. Congress has
authorized the construction of physical barriers and roads at the border to prevent illegal
immigration in several statutory provisions, including section 102 of the Illegal Immigration
Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as amended, 8 U.S.C. § 1103 note.
Consistent with the President’s Executive Order, the will of Congress and the need to
secure the border in the national interest, CBP, in consultation with the appropriate executive
departments and agencies, and nongovernmental entities having relevant expertise-and using
materials originating in the United States to the maximum extent permitted by law-shall
immediately begin planning, design, construction and maintenance of a wall, including the
attendant lighting, technology (including sensors), as well as patrol and access roads, along the
land border with Mexico in accordance with existing Jaw, in the most appropriate locations and
utilizing appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve operational control of
The Under Secretary for Management, in consultation with the Commissioner of CBP
shall immediately identify and allocate all sources of available funding for the planning, design,
construction and maintenance of a wall, including the attendant lighting, technology (including
sensors), as well as patrol and access roads, and develop requirements for total ownership cost of
this project, including preparing Congressional budget requests for the current fiscal year (e.g.,
supplemental budget requests) and subsequent fiscal years.
ELEVEN years AFTER legislation was written to build the wall, it looks like we may finally build it.