SAN DIEGO–President Trump concluded his two-day California fundraising tour in San Diego with a visit to U.S./Mexico border to view a section of the new construction of the border wall.
On Wednesday afternoon, the president attended a fundraising luncheon at the U.S. Grant Hotel before flying by helicopter to the border in Otay Mesa.
The president received updates from Customs and Border Protection officials on the border wall that is currently under construction.
“We’re building it at a breakneck speed,” the president said. “All told, the wall will “be over 400 miles. And we think we can get it close to 500 miles by the end of next year,” he added.
At a press conference, Trump described the new steel and concrete bollards as ‘virtually impenetrable.”
“Nobody is coming in unless they’re coming in legally. They’re coming in through a process,” the President said.
About 66 miles of construction on the project have been completed. There’s 251 miles that are under contract that’s going in the ground at 17 other sites along the border, according to Army Corps Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite.
Construction crews are currently adding 270 panels a day.
Trump has made immigration a top priority in his administration. Last spring, he unveiled key proposals from his immigration plan. One of them was to fully secure the border, paid for with fees and revenues generated at the port of entry.
The Pentagon diverted $3.6 billion from 127 military construction projects to build 175 miles of barriers on the border.