Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visits border fence project in Calexico

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visited the U.S.-Mexico border in Calexico Wednesday to view the renovation of border fencing in the area.

The construction has been touted as part of President Trump’s proposed border wall, but funding for the fencing repairs was included in the 2018 budget. Plans for the 100 miles of repairs reportedly began several years ago.

Aside from a tour of the project, Nielsen spoke with DHS employees and Border Patrol agents to “thank them for their commitment to secure the border.”

In late March, Trump tweeted photos of what he called the “start of our Southern Border WALL!”

Nielsen retweeted the president, saying the Calexico project was “just one of the wall projects @DHSgov will be constructing in the next year.”

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