The United States Deputy Secretary of Defense, David Norquist made his way to McAllen for a first hand visit on the border.
A big part of the Deputy Secretary of Defense’s job is managing the U.S. Defense budget.
This month, President Donald Trump shifted military funds to go towards building a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico Border.
“We realign money to support border construction and fencing along the Southwest Border, so we looked at and received the request for assistance from the Department of Homeland Security for several billion dollars worth of support,” said Norquist, “The U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers reviewed what we could support under this authority and the chairman of the joints chief of staff looked to confirm .”
$3.8 billion dollars will go towards building the wall.
A portion of the Deputy’s visit was to see several sections of the border wall in the Rio Grande Valley.
“The ability for a nation to secure it’s borders is vital to it’s security and safety,” said Norquist, “Border security is national security.”
He also spent time visiting Border Patrol stations and speaking to National Guard troops detailed to the RGV.
“I would like to thank the men and women of the National Guard and Customs and Border Protection, this is a team effort and you all are doing a fantastic job,” said Norquist.
There are 5,200 National Guard Troops detailed all across the Southern Border helping Customs and Border Protection with border security.
Several of them have been here for more than a year.
Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli will visit the Rio Grande Valley to discuss border security such as the eighth consecutive month of reduced apprehension numbers nationwide.