“I think by late spring, early summer, we’ll have some prototypes and then we’ll be able to move forward by into the summer,” Kelly told host Martha MacCallum. “We’re going to get it as quick as we can.”
Kelly also said that illegal border crossings have plummeted 70 percent since Trump’s inauguration, noting that some fencing already in place has been “remarkably effective in keeping down the amount of illegal movement across the two borders.”
“We’re at about a fifteen, sixteen-year low, and frankly we haven’t done all that much yet,” he pointed out.
Despite meeting resistance from Democrats about including the wall’s cost into the massive 2017 budgetary spending bill being prepared by Congress, Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney insists that funds for the wall will be included.
“We want wall funding. We want [immigration] agents. Those are our priorities,” Mulvaney told the Associated Press. “We know there are a lot of people on the Hill, especially in the Democratic Party, who don’t like the wall, but they lost the election.”