Gov. Greg Abbott told Donald Trump's new Homeland Security secretary Wednesday that border security should be balanced with Texas' economic interests.
Details concerning the proposed U.S. -Mexico border wall are still scarce (such as who will pay for it and if it will ever be constructed) but the newest revelations from Kelly are interesting, to say the least.
"I think the funding will come relatively quickly and like I said, we will build it where it's needed first as identified by the men and women who work the border", Kelly said.
He has said that the wall will cost around $8billion (£6.3bn), although wall-builder Todd Sternfield has suggested that it is more likely to come in at $26billion (£20.6bn).
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She rated those a "7". "Full disclosure: I have not tried the S'more, so I can not rate it in good conscience", she admitted. Since 2002, San Diegans have donated more than 2.7 million boxes of cookies to troops overseas .
Asked about how the US will pay for the construction of the wall, the Homeland Security secretary said the department was "looking at the money aspect" but that the White House was working with Congress for options.
President Trump recently signed several executive orders aimed at building a wall but Texas leaders want to make sure that does not effect trade.
Kelly's attitude toward border enforcement is 180 degrees from previous heads of DHS - even under President Bush, whose Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson halted all interior enforcement in Southern California due to political outcry back in 2004. 'But I will tell you the men and women of Homeland Security did a great job out on the front lines in this case mostly at the airports'.
Pressed on whether he was surprised by the order, Kelly responded "not at all". "I think that alone would act as a huge deterrent for people who are considering making the trip up", he concluded.
"We have so many Texans being so concerned with our border being completely overrun with more than a thousand people a day crossing the border", Abbott said.