Additional Border Fence Near San Diego Moves Forward

From the Trump Administration:

DHS Issues Waiver to Expedite Secondary Fence Replacement Project in San Diego

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a waiver to ensure the expeditious construction and replacement of approximately 12.5 miles of secondary wall near the international border in the state of California. The waiver was published in the Federal Register on February 7, 2019.

This waiver is pursuant to authority granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security by Congress. Congress has provided the Secretary of Homeland Security with a number of authorities necessary to carry out DHS’s border security mission. One of these authorities is found in section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as amended (“IIRIRA”). Section 102(a) of IIRIRA provides that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take such actions as may be necessary to install additional physical walls and roads near the United States border to deter illegal crossings in areas of high illegal entry into the United States. In section 102(b) of IIRIRA, Congress has called for the installation of additional fencing, walls, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors on the southwest border. Finally, in section 102(c) of IIRIRA, Congress granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to waive all legal requirements that the Secretary, in Secretary’s sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure the expeditious construction of the walls and roads authorized by section 102 of IIRIRA.

The approximately 14-mile bollard style wall project in San Diego that was awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on December 20, 2018, will include an area that begins near the eastern end of Border Field State Park and extends east to where the existing primary pedestrian fence ends.

Tactical infrastructure, when combined with the appropriate technology and personnel, significantly reduces the amount of illegal border entries and enhances the Border Patrol’s ability to secure the border. San Diego Sector was the busiest sector in the nation during the early 1990s. The construction of infrastructure has reduced illegal entries; however, more work remains to be done. In Fiscal Year 2018, there were over 38,000 apprehensions in the San Diego Sector by Border Patrol. In this Fiscal Year to date San Diego Sector has apprehended over 18,500 illegal immigrants, a more than 69 percent increase of the apprehensions for same period last fiscal year.

DHS remains committed to environmental stewardship. DHS has been consulting, and intends to continue doing so, with stakeholders including other federal and state resource agencies. Such consultation facilitates DHS’s assessment of potential impacts and informs its efforts to minimize, to the extent possible, potential impacts to the environment, wildlife, and cultural and historic resources.

The Department of Homeland Security continues to implement President Trump’s Executive Order 13767 – also known as Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements – and continues to take steps to immediately plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the southern border.

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In other news, the President’s Chief of Staff and former Budget Director says over $6 million has been identified in Department of Defense funds that could be used for wall construction.


Additional Border Fence Near San Diego Moves Forward — 8 Comments

  1. Here’s an idea, but perhaps Trump likes big budget projects and Pelosi wants red carpets installed the full length of the Rio Grande and southern frontier.

    The Moroccans (and Canary Island Spaniards) were simply delighted they had such a cheap, effective and efficient barrier when Ebola broke out in West Africa:

  2. I would assume that last sentence is supposed to say billion instead of million.

  3. Walls don’t work says the discredited Pelosi and other goofball Democrats and their sheepile followers. If that were true, why is there a wall, and a 12.5 mile replacement wall in California? There are many more miles of wall at the border of California and Mexico besides the 12.5 mile segment.

    Democrats, their followers, their disciples, their fawning mostly left wing media can’t have it both ways. Which is it?
    Walls don’t work or walls do work?

    Have never heard Pelosi say something like: “Walls do not work, uhh, except in California where they do work”.

  4. Dentbla, this isn’t coming from some stump speech he made or an interview with Fox News.

    It was announced by the DHS.

    Is your Trump Derangement Syndrome so bad now that you doubt the words of every executive agency too?

  5. Per

    WASHINGTON — As a senator, Barack Obama once offered measured praise for the border control legislation that would become the basis for one of Donald Trump’s first acts as president.

    “The bill before us will certainly do some good,” Obama said on the Senate floor in October 2006. He praised the legislation, saying it would provide “better fences and better security along our borders” and would “help stem some of the tide of illegal immigration in this country.”

    Obama was talking about the Secure Fence Act of 2006, legislation authorizing a barrier along the southern border passed into law with the support of 26 Democratic senators including party leaders like Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Chuck Schumer.

    Clearly, Democrats are hypocrites of the worst kind in many matters whether it be border walls or racism. Their party has a long history of racism going back to the civil war and fighting President Lincoln’s efforts to free the slaves. These hypocrites who are quick to call others racists, had a very bad 10 days in Virginia what with two of their top leaders involved in acts of racism and another top leader accused by a woman of sexual assault.

    As a Democrat Lady US Rep from Hawaii suggested to all men during the Kavanaugh hearings last year, maybe all Democrats and liberals should now just “shut up” (as she said) and never utter accusatory words about racism, sexual assault or walls.

  6. That Moroccan Sand Berm, with its land mines, is a splendid idea and would cut illegal immigration to zero, and save countless Gringo lives and tax dollars.


    A 27-year-old Mexican citizen has been charged with first-degree rape in Shelby County after returning to the United States illegally. He was previously deported in 2015 for a felony drug trafficking conviction in Alabama.

    Amancio Betancourt Martinez, who reportedly resides in Maylene, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury in Birmingham for illegally re-entering the country via the southern border. His arraignment is set for Thursday, January 10 before Magistrate Judge Herman N. Johnson Jr.

    Martinez’s federal indictment came in the wake of his state arrest for rape earlier in December. According to the Shelby County Reporter, the Alabaster Police Department detained the illegal immigrant and charged him with the Class A felony.

    Per his arrest warrant, Martinez allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with the juvenile victim “by forcible compulsion” on November 26.

    When he was arrested by Alabaster PD, Martinez was already on probation stemming from his 2014 guilty plea in the same county on a felony cocaine trafficking charge. When he entered into a plea agreement on this drug charge, he was originally sentenced to 10 years in prison, but his sentence was split to three years jail time followed by two years of supervised probation. He then received 542 days of jail credit reduced from his prison sentence when he was deported on December 31, 2015.

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