Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told members of Congress on Wednesday that he doesn’t envision a wall stretching the entire length of the U.S. border with Mexico, and would instead focus on building additional fencing where it was most feasible.
Kelly’s remarks, made Wednesday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security, run contrary to one of President Donald Trump’s key campaign promises, to build a solid wall along the entire 2,000-mile border with Mexico.
The administration is pursuing funding and bids to build a border wall, but the project faces significant political, geographical, legal and financial challenges. Kelly’s comments reflect longstanding views of many security experts and growing concerns among lawmakers that an end-to-end wall isn’t feasible or affordable.
Kelly said he was consulting with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials about where additional fencing along the nearly 2,000-mile border was most needed, adding that he had been given “a lot of elbow room” on the issue.
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.
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