RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Department of Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli was in the Rio Grande Valley, Tuesday, releasing the latest findings.
Cuccinelli was in the Rio Grande Valley visiting with DHS officials to discuss border wall construction as well as the policies in place which have reduced apprehension numbers nationwide.
“And the U.S. continues to face an unprecedented humanitarian and security crisis here at the border. The Trump Administration has been working tirelessly to address it and we have achieved some successes,” said Ken Cuccinelli, DHS Acting Deputy Secretary.
Apprehension numbers have declined 75% from their peak last year and are their lowest in two years.
Cuccinelli credits the Remain in Mexico Program as well as DHS historic agreements with Central American countries including Mexico which he says helped provide 60,000 immigrants seeking asylum with robust and timely due process through MPP.
“I would say, and I have said, Mexico is doing more to solve the border congress that’s not the way it should be but that’s the way it is,” said Cuccinelli.
Cuccinelli also provided a border wall update. A key component in the president plan to drive down immigration stating 126 miles of new border wall has been constructed with 213 miles under construction now and 414 miles in pre-construction, adding it’s more than just a wall.
“It pairs a traditional barrier with modern technology lightning real-time surveillance all these things help our agents be safer and more successful on the ground,”
Cuccinelli also clarified questions about the administration’s public charge rule which went into effect on Monday, including the history behind the new policy.