Last night Homeland Security secretary John Kelly held his first televised interview with Fox News. And the retired four-star general said the southern border wall will be completed within two years.
Kelly told Fox News, “The wall will be built where it is needed first, and then it will be filled in. That’s the way I look at it.” He added, “I really hope to have it done within the next two years.”
If this were any other administration, people would laugh off the assertion. But these are no ordinary times, and Trump is no ordinary president.
Kelly said current law already gives authorization to the construction of the wall. Funding the enormous project will be the first hurdle for the Trump administration.
The White House is working with Congress on both funding and the timetable.
“I think the funding will come relatively quickly and like I said, we will build it where it’s needed first as identified by the men and women who work the border,” Kelly said.
It is obvious that Donald Trump is not a politician. If he were, he would be working with Congress on forming committees, ordering lengthy environmental impact studies, and chatting with every single Indian Tribe about land rights.
But this is Donald Trump’s presidency. And Kelly said construction will begin within a couple of months.
The retired general also said it currently takes over 600 days to process illegals coming into the country, and that’s going to change. There’s no reason that should take more than a couple of weeks. Speeding up that process would act as a “huge deterrent for people who are considering making the trip up,” he added.
When asked if the wall’s construction would inflame further hostility among the Mexican government, Kelly that was a secondary issue; the safety of Americans comes first. “However, I’d really like to establish a relationship on this, on the other side. It would be a mutually beneficial relationship,” he added.
An “American First” policy. How refreshing. How did this become such a controversial idea among Washington DC elites?
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