The Department of Homeland Security intends to fill in the gaps in border fencing in Cameron County.
DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen filed an eight-page document with the Federal Register, which is scheduled to be published Wednesday morning, stating that she has determined that DHS must waive multiple laws, regulations and legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in Cameron County.
“The United States Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector is an area of high illegal entry. For the last several years, the Rio Grande Valley Sector has seen more apprehensions of illegal aliens than any other sector of the United States Border Patrol (“Border Patrol”),” the document states. “For example, in fiscal year 2017 alone, Border Patrol apprehended over 137,000 illgal aliens. In that same year Border Patrol seized approximately 260,000 pounds of marijuana and approximately 1,200 pounds of cocaine.”
DHS plans to build physical barriers, mechanical gates and roads within existing gaps in the border fence, according to the document.
The document identifies 11 areas where DHS plans to construct mechanical gates, physical barriers and roads in existing gaps.