Homeland Security officials announce milestone in southern border wall construction

FILE – In this Sept. 10, 2019 file photo, government contractors erect a section of Pentagon-funded border wall along the Colorado River in Yuma, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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UPDATED 8:05 PM PT — Friday, January 10, 2020

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf provided an update on the construction of the U.S. border wall on Friday. While speaking in Yuma, Arizona, Wolf marked a milestone for the Trump administration by announcing 100 new miles of southern border wall have been completed.

Homeland Security officials later posted a video to Twitter, saying new stretches of the wall were constructed in every border state “from California to Texas.”

Republican Sen. Martha McSally also joined him on the trip. She said Border Patrol agents will now be able to stop illegal activity because border walls work.

Wolf provided assurances that Homeland Security keeps the safety and well-being of the local communities.

“We continue to be transparent on everything that we do. We continue to reach out to land owners. We continue to engage local communities, local representatives, elected officials and the like. So there’s nothing that we’re trying to hide here, we’re very transparent about it. We’ll continue to be very cognizant of any environmental issues that we address.”

– Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security

Construction crews are aiming to finish 450 miles of the border wall by the end of 2020.

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