[2/7/17]  Retired Gen. John Kelly, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, told Congress on Tuesday that he expects that construction of a wall on the U.S. southern border “will be well underway in two years.”

Appearing at his first House Homeland Security Committee hearing, Kelly described how the Trump administration plans to roll out construction of the border barrier. The focus, he said, will be on strategic areas where illegal border traffic is highest. And he is fielding suggestions from Customs and Border Protection agents on where exactly to build first.

“We’re not going to be able to build a wall everywhere, all at once,” said Allen, who relayed conversations he had with agents during a recent visit to McAllen, Tex.

“We’re not going to build it all in an afternoon. We’ll build it in the places that the people who work that border say we need it right now. And there are places on that border I’m told we need it right now,” he added.

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