Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday it is “unlikely” that the Trump administration will build a full wall along the entire Southern border, despite President Donald Trump’s consistent promises to that effect.
“It is unlikely that we will build a wall, a physical barrier, from sea to shining sea,” Kelly told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday morning.
Kelly did say it is still “very likely” that more border barriers will be built, but that they will be strategic.
“Physical barriers work,” Kelly said.
Committee Chairman Ron Johnson and top Democrat on the committee Sen. Claire McCaskill both noted that the agents on the border say they would prefer fencing — so that they can see what’s happening on the other side of the border.
“Is the President OK with fencing instead of the wall?” McCaskill asked Kelly.
“The President has told me, ‘Kelly, go do it. We need to protect the Southern border in any way that makes sense,'” Kelly said.
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SOURCE: CNN, Tal Kopan