Hundreds Bid For US-Mexico Wall Amid Political Complications

Hundreds Bid For US-Mexico Wall Amid Political Complications

Hundreds Bid For US-Mexico Wall Amid Political Complications

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Wednesday credited Trump's immigration policies and the widely publicized arrests of immigrants living in the US illegally.

In February, 23,589 immigrants were apprehended at the border, according to data by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The deadline for bids for President Donald Trump's multi-billion dollar border wall with Mexico has passed.

The administration is pursuing funding and bids to build a border wall, but the project faces significant political, geographical, legal and financial challenges.

"It's unlikely we will build a wall or physical barrier from sea to shining sea", Mr. Kelly said.

Numerous companies came up with unique solutions for the wall that went beyond what the federal government requested.

Kelly said that the success at the border is due to the "huge amount of cooperation" from Mexicans and local Mexican authorities on both sides of the border, despite the widespread corruption due to trafficking fueled by US drug consumption. If the muddle is successful, it would mean Trump could add some border fencing and technology, and then claim victory for creating his wall without actually building the new structure he promised.

"The president said 'Kelly go do it.' I have elbow room", to include technology and barriers other than just a concrete wall, he said. His designs also use seismic sensors and drones to secure the wall. Fewer than 12,500 people were caught crossing the border last month, Kelly said.

"For the younger generation, they say if there is going to be a wall, let's have it be green", said Gleason Managing Partner Thomas Gleason.

Parents and children caught crossing the Mexican border into the United States illegally generally can remain together, the Homeland Security chief said Wednesday, in a partial reversal of previous comments. The construction of a border wall and lowering illegal immigration were prominent parts of Trump's 2016 campaign platform. "It appears the only person who won't say it out loud is the president".

Immigrant families and children traveling alone have accounted for hundreds of thousands of arrests at the border in recent years, at times overwhelming federal authorities. "I haven't determined what the wall will look like or where it will be", Kelly said.

Numerous larger companies bidding on the wall did not provide The San Diego Union-Tribune with copies of their designs because they are in competition with each other and do not want their efforts becoming public. Four shelters along the Texas portion of the border, where most crossers enter the United States, say they've seen their numbers fall to a fraction of what they were seeing late past year.

The movement across the border usually increases after winter, the BBC wrote, noting that the numbers presented by Kelly show a reversal in that trend.

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