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"I'm here to partner": DHS secretary on Arizona border visit

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 01:08

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly meets with law enforcement and Arizona's Republican governor near the U.S.-Mexico border, telling them he's there ''to partner.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly meets with law enforcement and Arizona's Republican governor near the U.S.-Mexico border, telling them he's there "to partner." The meeting comes on a the same day a U.S. Department of Homeland Security internal report seen by Reuters shows President Donald Trump's "wall" along the U.S.-Mexico border would be a series of fences and walls that would cost as much as $21.6 billion (£17.3 billion), and take more than three years to construct. The report's estimated price-tag is much higher than a $12-billion figure cited by Trump in his campaign and estimates as high as $15 billion from Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The report is expected to be presented to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly in coming days, although the administration will not necessarily take actions it recommends. The plan lays out what it would take to seal the border in three phases of construction of fences and walls covering just over 1,250 miles (2,000 km) by the end of 2020. With 654 miles (1,046 km) of the border already fortified, the new construction would extend almost the length of the entire border.

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"I'm here to partner": DHS secretary on Arizona border visit

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 01:08