The construction of the border wall will start in areas where the current fence is no longer serving its purpose and defending our borders. DHS Secretary John Kelly is making this his #1 priority.
The new secretary of Homeland Security has issued a set of memos calling for the agency to begin construction of a border wall. Efforts will be focused in El Paso, Texas, Tucson Arizona, and El Centro, California.
The order was issued through a memo sent by DHS Secretary John Kelly to his his various department heads. The memo, as well as others addressing the new priorities have been posted on the department’s website.
“DHS will immediately identify and allocate all sources of available funding for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of a wall, including the attendant lighting, technology (including sensors) as well as patrol and access roads, and develop requirements for total ownership costs of this project,” the document notes.