Trump Announces Extension of Border Wall

The Trump administration will use $1.6 billion in new congressional funding for 100 miles of new and replacement border wall along the U.S.-Mexico boundary, Acting Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Ronald Vitiello said Friday.

Vitiello described the wall system as a “comprehensive solution that provides wall, lighting, enforcement cameras, and other related technology, and all-weather roads to impede and deny illegal cross-border activity.”

Roughly 47 miles of current border wall will be replaced. Vitiello said multiple times he could not cite how much of the construction would be new, though the remaining 53 miles are expected to fill in that gap.

The Department of Homeland Security will add about 33 miles of new wall and replace 35 miles of it in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, the southern-most part of the state.

Read more at the Washington Examiner.

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