President Trump’s nominee to steer the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mentioned Wednesday she does not imagine a full-length wall is required to safe the United States-Mexico border.
“The president has stated, as have my predecessors at DHS, certainly something that I share: there is no need for a wall from sea to shining sea,” Kirstjen Nielsen mentioned throughout her affirmation listening to earlier than the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Nielsen mentioned she would look to work with native and federal officers to grasp the place a bodily barrier is required and the place different instruments will suffice.
“Technology plays a key part, and we can’t forget it,” she mentioned. “There’s a lot that we can do with technology to secure our borders.”
“In a much more cost effective way too, I might add,” Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterDems mull large modifications after Brazile bombshell No room for amnesty in our authorities spending invoice Trump financial institution nominee will get tough reception at affirmation listening to MORE (D-Mont.) responded.
The building of a wall alongside the southern border was certainly one of Trump’s trademark marketing campaign guarantees. He has since threatened to shutdown the federal government to make sure the wall receives funding, and shared pictures of prototypes for the wall.
Trump final month nominated Nielsen, who served as an aide to White House chief of workers John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE throughout his stint main DHS earlier this yr.
Kelly mentioned in a February interview that the wall may very well be clear and depend on surveillance expertise in some areas.