Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan made a massive announcement this week about President Donald Trump’s border wall that will excite many Americans.
During a hearing before Congress on Thursday, Shanahan told lawmakers that 256 new miles of Trump’s wall is now funded to be built, which comes out to be roughly half a mile every day.
Shanahan, who Trump nominated on Thursday to serve as the Secretary of DOD, said that we will see about “63 additional new miles of wall” constructed six months from now.
Every day, another 1/2 mile of the Wall is built to protect our communities from gang members, deadly drugs, dangerous criminals and evil human traffickers. It is getting done!” Shanahan said.
Shanahan said the new additional miles of the wall are being paid for by funds from the Department of Homeland Security from 2017 and 2018 as well as forfeiture funds from the Treasury Department.
Getting 256 miles worth of the wall built is a big deal, and could be completed by November 2020, which is when the election takes place.
Shanahan’s comments came after new reports show that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents apprehended over 100,000 migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in April.
CBP detained 109,144 migrants at America’s southern border last month, the highest number of apprehensions in 12 years and a 6 percent increase from March.
The number of border-crossers taken into U.S. custody topped 100,000 for the second consecutive month in April, U.S. border officials said Wednesday, deepening the crisis that has derailed President Trump’s immigration agenda and has defied his myriad attempts to fix it.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained 109,144 migrants along the boundary with Mexico last month, a 6 percent increase from March, as monthly arrests reached their highest point since 2007. Unauthorized border crossings have more than doubled in the past year, and they are on pace to exceed 1 million on an annual basis, as Guatemalan and Honduran families continue streaming north in record numbers with the expectation they will be quickly processed and released from custody.
With several migrant caravans crashing into the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, Trump is also taking action.
Last month, the president ordered the Department of Defense to send thousands of additional American troops to the southern border over the next two months to help assist border patrol with the migrant crisis.
Defense Department officials reportedly said the White House wants 9,000 to 10,000 more U.S. forces heading to the border over the next few months.
It was also reported that Trump is considering releasing detained migrants into Democratic-controlled sanctuary cities.
Adding more humor to the entire thing, the White House wants to several of the migrants to be released into Democratic-controlled sanctuary cities — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco, California.