MCALLEN, Texas – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist is in the Rio Grande Valley visiting National Guard troops assisting Department of Homeland Security and to look at new border wall construction.
The defense official thanking the U.S. Border Patrol for their hard work, Norquist said a nation’s ability to secure its border is vital to it’s sovereignty, safety and security. Adding border security is national security.
“From day one President Trump has made securing the border a top priority for his administration to this end he directed the secretary of defense to secure the southern border.” said Deputy Secretary Norquist.
Joining Norquist was the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee Congresswoman Kay Granger, who wanted to get a first hand look for herself at how the money is being used. Adding there’s been significant money being used to build the wall.
Earlier this month the Trump administration informed lawmakers they would be realigning $3.8 billion for border wall construction. A move supported by U.S. Representative Granger.
“People are not going to be able to come here like I can see it and when we come back and say yes I’ve seen it and here the progress that’s been made and it truly is keeping us safe.” said U.S. Representative Granger.
Norquist and Granger toured the Donna border wall construction during the press conference Norquist was asked about the realignment of money to support border wall construction. He said monies realigned came from identified sources were there were excess funds or where funds were paid in advance.
Secretary Norquist, “and so we tried to prioritize those in order to minimize the disruption on national security but this is of course a balance we emphasize both the security of the nation determine that spending as well as border security in cooperation with the department of homeland security.”
Tuesday afternoon acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli will also hold a press conference after briefing with DHS personnel in the Rio Grande Valley.