Homeland Security Secretary Has Said Border Wall Alone Will Not Work

1/25/2017 New York Times

500px-US_Department_of_Homeland_Security_Seal.svgWASHINGTON — President Trump’s homeland security secretary, John F. Kelly, has been clear about his views on a border wall with Mexico: It won’t work.

When asked by senators about his views on a border wall during his confirmation hearing this month, Mr. Kelly, a retired general, said a “physical barrier will not do the job.”

Mr. Trump said on Wednesday that he would order the construction of a wall along the United States-Mexico border, fulfilling his campaign promise to crack down on illegal immigration and stop the flow of drugs coming into the United States.

Mr. Kelly said that a wall would be effective only to the extent that it was backed up by far more sweeping measures.

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