President Donald Trump’s strategy for securing America’s borders are put under the Capitol Hill spotlight.
“Americans are eager to see results” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said, adding he is pleased with the new Administration’s focus on border security.
“But the rollout of his (President Trump’s) executive order has been problematic” McCaul admitted.
“It caused confusion here in Congress, across the country, and around the world” McCaul added.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly admitted he should have done more to try to avoid that confusion–but continues to stand behind the overall strategy.
“It is our duty to protect our citizens from terrorism, and to prevent the admission of foreign nationals who intend to exploit our generous immigration laws” Kelly said, confident the order will ultimately survive what’s shaping up to be a major legal fight.
“We believe we will prevail” Kelly said.
The Secretary also continues to stand behind plans for construction a wall along the Southern Border.
“We will build appropriate physical barriers, which will be monitored and supported by trained professionals” Kelly said. As for how it will be built, Kelly said those decisions will largely be based by those who are on the front lines.
“We’ll build it in the places that the people who work that Border say we need it right now… and, there are places on that Border I’m told we need it right now” Kelly said.
The plans and orders continue to place plenty of opposition–mainly from Democrats who continue to level criticism.
“I believe this Administration is off it’s wheels–and needs to get back on its wheels” Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee told Kelly.