Border wall additions in the works
The Trump administration’s plans for a border wall will put about 1,000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border behind some barrier — up from 654 miles right now, the Border Patrol said Friday.Contrary to some reports the border agents favor the wall.
“That will make a major difference,” said Ronald D. Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as he briefed reporters on progress in building the wall.
He said wall construction is already underway in Calexico, California, thanks to money the Trump administration won last year, and up to 100 miles of additional wall money was approved in the new 2018 spending bill President Trump signed last week.
Some of that upgrades existing fencing while other wall will cover new mileage.
...Democrats must be defeated to expand the wall to make it more effective. Democrats oppose the wall because they see illegals as undocumented Democrats.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello told reporters that agents have repeatedly said that a mix of technology, infrastructure and access to the border are what is necessary to keep the border secure. An important part of this would be effective barriers, and he said that such requests came from the field.
“The truth is that walls work and the data show it and agents know it,” he said.