DHS: Border Wall Going Up ‘Faster Than Ever Before,’ Roughly 10 Miles Per Week

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) put out a statement updating America on the construction of the border wall, reporting it is being built at about “10 miles per week.”

The statement, issued Tuesday, claims the Trump administration “is building (a) new wall and doing so faster than ever before.”

“Now construction is moving at a rate of approximately 10 miles per week, setting the administration up to complete its year-end goal with time to spare,” it reads.

That year-end goal constitutes a 450-mile section at “some of the highest-trafficking and therefore most critical sectors of the southern border for illegal crossings and apprehensions.”

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The department also notes that 341 new miles have been completed, while another 240 are under construction with an additional 157 miles entering the pre-construction phase.

Border Wall System Update:

341 miles completed
240 miles under construction
157 miles under pre-construction

To see the latest on the Border Wall System go to:https://t.co/1P24vPbOcu pic.twitter.com/3Y843NQ7CG

— Chief Rodney Scott (@USBPChief) September 28, 2020

 

Importance of the Border Wall

Several recent stories outline the importance of the border wall in providing safety for the American people.

Last week, border patrol agents in Eagle Pass, Texas apprehended a man who had previously been deported.

“During processing, agents discovered that [Rigoberto] Ortiz-Martinez was convicted of rape-strong arm and sex offense against child-fondling (indecent liberties with a child),” the Custom and Border Protection (CBP) states.

Another alleged sex offender, Israel Picon-Monzon, was arrested days later.

Also last week, border patrol agents in San Ygnacio, Texas freed 11 individuals from a locked travel trailer.

“The agents observed that the trailer’s door was locked from the outside with a padlock,” CBP reported. “Suspecting that people may be trapped inside, agents requested assistance … ”

.@DHSgov seized nearly twice as many hard drugs—narcotics that do not include marijuana—at the U.S.-Mexico border during President @realDonaldTrump‘s first term than in the last administration’s two terms.

Full story: https://t.co/ldgsBfygv0

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 26, 2020

 

Promises Kept, 10 Miles Per Week

Construction of the border wall represents a significant campaign promise from then-candidate Trump in 2016. And 10 miles per week is pretty impressive.

“The American people need and deserve a secure border, and they’re getting one from this administration,” the DHS site reads.

“These hundreds of miles of wall system are helping to improve the integrity of our immigration system,” they add.

It is designed to “protect Americans from crimes committed by illegal aliens, stem the flow of deadly hard narcotics into our communities, and rebuild a competitive economy that serves the American worker.”

The proof abounds …

.@DHSgov seized nearly twice as many hard drugs—narcotics that do not include marijuana—at the U.S.-Mexico border during President @realDonaldTrump‘s first term than in the last administration’s two terms.

Full story: https://t.co/ldgsBfygv0

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 26, 2020

.@CBP has seized more than 4,000lbs of fentanyl in FY20. That’s alarming, considering that just 2 milligrams can be lethal. pic.twitter.com/EynsaEVbyY

— CBP Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) September 25, 2020

Stronger border controls are making drug smugglers desperate. USBP agents intercepted packages of meth thrown over the border wall: https://t.co/T9QEBW8H96 & https://t.co/WFESsdl78S

Remote Video Surveillance Operators notified agents who immediately responded. Walls work! pic.twitter.com/GVFpgOY6GS

— CBP Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) September 27, 2020

Another successful week! @CBP officers remain committed to securing our border and stopping the flow of deadly drugs from pouring into America. https://t.co/vR9uRONCCX

— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) September 28, 2020

Agents find nearly three dozen individuals inside belly dump trailer https://t.co/gz49rV5SNr

— Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli (@HomelandKen) September 26, 2020

 

Even the Washington Post conceded the rate at which the administration is building the wall is remarkable.

“It is an unprecedented pace toward meeting one of Trump’s signature 2016 campaign promises,” they reported.

Read more at the Political Insider

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