HIDALGO, Texas – The new head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says that she hopes that the construction of a wall will begin soon.
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen made the remarks Wednesday while standing in front of the existing border fence north of the U.S.-mexican border in Texas. She said that she did not know when the government would start the construction. Wall prototypes will be tested in San Diego.
A $1.6 billion proposal to fund 60 miles (97 km) in Texas has stalled in Congress.
Nielsen says the U.S. immigration system is facing a “national crisis” that required changes to reduce the number of asylum applications made by people entering the country and to the speed of the deportations.
Nielsen said Tuesday in Austin, where they criticized the so-called sanctuary cities, and credited to Texas officials for working with the immigration authorities.