In border visit, Abbott urges balance between security, trade

The orders were signed at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 in Washington.

As for all the controversy and protest that has swirled around the construction of the wall, Kelly acknowledges, "Mr. Trump is not loved by everyone in America".

Under the border adjustment proposal, Thiessen estimated the wall could be fully paid for in one to two years.

"I'd really like to establish a relationship on this, on the other side".

The president issued an order last month calling for the executive branch to "secure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border, monitored and supported by adequate personnel so as to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism".

McCain told CNN's Manu Raju that Mexico paying for the wall is "not a viable option". "As you know, Mexico is our largest trading partner".

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"I really don't think they're used to people that say things on the campaign trail actually turning them into action".

"Like Americans, Mexicans have pride", Mayor Darling said. "That's the way I look at it", Kelly said, adding that he thought "the funding will come relatively quickly".

With each passing day, it is looking more and more likely that Trump isn't going to build a wall, and Mexico isn't going to pay for it.

Legislation to fund and finish the border fence has repeatedly died in Congress, and a call to continue the project was mentioned in the Republican Party's 2012 party platform. And then we will give the financing to Secretary Kelly and the border security plan. "If anyone thinks we're going to do 1,954 miles of fencing, it's not going to happen". But Kelly brushed off the issue of funding in his interview with Fox News, saying he had confidence the the money would not be an issue. "We don't want taxpayers to have to take it in the neck".

What they heard Wednesday included reaction from some officials who fear that new, stricter policies could harm relations with Mexico.

  • Toni Ryan