President Trump and DHS secretary touring US-Mexico border towns to hold discussion on migrant influx

This 2.5-mile bollard style fencing in Calexico, California, which was completed last October, is what the Trump administration is hailing as the first completed section of the promised border wall.

Plans to replace the steel Vietnam war-era military aircraft landing mats had been in place for years.

The president, with the Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, are scheduled to tour this border town on Friday.

They will also hold discussions about the influx of migrants crossing the border in the past few months.

The record-breaking number of migrants has forced the Customs and Border Patrol to move 750 CBP officers from ports of entry along the southwest border to support border patrol.

This morning, President Trump backed away from his threat to shut down ports of entry along the southern border this week.

Instead, he said he will give Mexico a one-year warning to stop incoming drugs and illegal immigration, otherwise, he will close the border.

Secretary Nielsen, on Tuesday, reportedly told cabinet members and White House aides during an emergency call that they are treating this situation as if we have been hit by a category 5 hurricane.

She announced setting up an emergency operations center and named border patrol official Manny Padilla as coordinator.

President Trump, meanwhile, is considering appointing an immigration or border czar.

Meanwhile, CBP just announced that a 13-mile long levee wall system will begin construction today in Hidalgo County along the Rio Grande Valley — the busiest sector in the country that accounts for more than 40 percent of apprehensions.

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