Sec. Kelly comments on if and when border wall will be built

On Thursday, Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly said that construction on President Trump’s border wall would “move forward by the end of the summer.”

Kelly appeared on Fox News’ “The First 100 Days” with Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the pair’s two-day border trip to El Paso and San Diego.

Kelly reported, “I think something in the neighborhood of 100 companies from across the nation have shown interest and are starting to put together their prototypes. Of course, contracting is a pretty complicated business in the federal government, unfortunately … too complicated. But, I think by late spring-early summer, we’ll have some prototypes.”

In discussing progress to date, Kelly said, “Just in the last 60 to 90 days, the movement of illegal immigrants up from Central America through Mexico has dropped off 70 percent. We’re at about a 15, 16-year low, and frankly, we haven’t done all that much yet.”

Sessions stated, “I think it’s quite a thing to celebrate this much progress in just 100 days.”

When asked about Kelly’s department, Sessions said, “I am here, basically, to congratulate [Kelly], his border patrol, and his ICE officers for the fabulous work they’ve done.”

Sessions also spoke of the El Salvadoran gang MS-13, stating, “We’re telling federal investigators to go after these individuals when they have evidence about somebody connected to the MS-13. Let’s go after them, attack their money laundering and their violence and their prostitution and their killing. And if we do that regularly, and consistently, we can do what we have done before.

“This administration is willing to take on these hard issues. This administration is not willing to kick these problems down the road to the next president. We’re taking them on right now. That’s what President Trump told us to do.”

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