Acting Homeland Security Secretary tours RGV border wall, facilities

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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf addressing the media on Thursday afternoon near Donna, Texas. (Source: KGBT Photo)

The Acting Homeland Security Secretary was in the Rio Grande Valley on Thursday to tour the border wall as well as view the facilities in the area.

Chad Wolf is on a three day trip across the state viewing facilities and viewing the border wall.

During his visit, Wolf called the border wall necessary to stop the flow of illegal activity into the U.S.

Wolf also said the administration is on track to its goal of building nearly 500 miles of border wall by the end of next year. We’re told that so far, 83 miles has been built.

The wall is more than just a physical infrastructure, it’s a high-tech border wall system that combines a physical barrier with tactical lighting, fiber optic technology and real time surveillance. This system is effective in slowing and stopping criminals and immediately alerting agents to illegal activity that is occurring.”

During a press conference, Wolf stated that the U.S. Government is working with Mexico and Central America to be sure there are shelters for migrants.

Wolf was also asked if he would support private construction barriers, he said that would welcome all efforts.

His trip also included stops in El Paso as well as Austin.

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