Homeland Safety Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen mentioned “every part is on the desk” with regard to frame safety in the course of the unveiling of a border wall challenge in California on Friday.
Nielsen’s remarks got here because the Trump administration considers methods to gradual immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border and as a caravan of migrants — largely made up of hundreds fleeing violence and poverty in Central America — are making their manner north by Mexico.
The caravan lined greater than 60 miles Friday and was roughly 990 miles from McAllen, Texas, and over 2,300 miles from San Diego.
“We’re taking a look at each doable manner inside the authorized assemble that we’ve got to guarantee that those that haven’t got the authorized proper to come back to this nation don’t are available,” Nielsen mentioned from the El Centro Sector close to Calexico in entrance of a newly constructed 30-foot, two-mile fence.
” this, I might not try and climb it,” she added.
In an effort to reinforce safety, the Pentagon lately accredited a request for 800 extra troops on the southern border. The White Home is wanting at different measures, together with blocking migrants from in search of asylum within the U.S., which might virtually assuredly lead to courtroom challenges.
Round 2,000 Nationwide Guard troops already serve on the border. The extra troops ordered will function in areas in California, Arizona and Texas from subsequent Tuesday till Dec. 15, a Pentagon official mentioned.
They won’t be licensed to detain migrants. As a substitute, they are going to help Border Patrol personnel on erecting barricades and fencing, conducting helicopter and airplane transport and offering help to medical groups and sufferers.
However the Trump administration’s insurance policies have drawn sharp criticism from advocates for immigrants. The efforts to curtail migrants in search of asylum might have “disastrous sensible implications for our asylum obligations, for our ethical and authorized obligations,” mentioned Andrea Guerrero, govt director Alliance San Diego.
“We all know that civil rights attorneys are getting ready to litigate proper now,” she mentioned. “They’re getting ready to litigate immediately. I do not know if (Trump) cares if he wins the litigation. He desires to attain political factors … it is all a part of the identical political ploy to stoke worry for political causes and construct extra partitions.”
The 2-mile part of fencing will go a good distance in retaining immigrants in another country, Nielsen mentioned.
“Let me be clear: Partitions work,” Nielsen mentioned.
In March, Trump hailed the challenge in Calexico as the beginning of his proposed border wall — the central promise of his 2016 presidential marketing campaign, the Hill reported.
Within the leadup to the midterm elections, Trump has centered on immigration points and the approaching caravan.
“I referred to as up the army,” Trump mentioned Friday at a gathering of younger black conservative leaders. “We’re not letting them in, they ought to return now as a result of we’re not.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.