PHOTOS: President Trump Tours Border Wall Prototypes

Posted: Mar 14, 2018 12:15 PM

Yesterday President Trump visited California to tour a number of border wall prototypes in San Diego. He was joined by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson and Acting United States Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost. 

"The border wall is truly our first line of defense, and it's probably, if you think about it, our first and last, other than the great ICE agents and other people -- moving people out.  It will save thousands and thousands of lives, save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars by reducing crime, drug flow, welfare fraud, and burdens on schools and hospitals," Trump said. "this was really a day where we look at the different prototypes of the wall.  You've seen them.  The media has seen them.  And some work very well; some don’t work so well.  When we build, we want to build the right thing. Interestingly, the ones that work the best aren’t necessarily the most expensive."

"CBP and ICE both put their lives on the line every day to protect our country.  For that, I'm forever grateful, both as -- to serve as Secretary, but also as an American.  And we will build this wall," Secretary Nielson said. "We're building up a toolkit based on what we've learned from the research and development on the prototypes.  And we look forward to breaking ground very soon, and securing our country."

The wall is expected to cost between $18 and $22 billion dollars. Funding for the project has been rejected by Democrats on Capitol Hill in exchange for a deal on DACA.

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