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"I have always thought the wall was a metaphor for securing the border, and I think it has just been incredibly important that this president, finally we have an administration that has committed themselves to securing the border in whatever shape and form that takes", Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said on CNN's "New Day".

The DHS chief said that each border sector will have to submit a request regarding the length of the wall or fencing it needs, and at the same time he acknowledged that there are places where the construction can not be accomplished due to the topography or because the zones are specially administered, such as Indian reservations. The AP notes the prototypes are expected to cost about $200,000 to $500,000 each; estimates for the cost of the wall covering the 2,000-mile border, however, range up to $38 billion.

Secretary John Kelly said DHS won't separate parents and children unless quote, "The situation at the time requires it". Border arrests in October, November and December increased by about a third compared to the same period in 2015, before falling this year.

During Wednesday's hearing, Kelly said that the USA has "seen an awesome drop in the number of migrants coming out of Central America that are taking that terribly risky route" from their home countries.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly acknowledged Wednesday that President Donald Trump's proposed wall on the southern border of the United States will not extend "from sea to shining sea" and could partially be fencing. Last month, Customs and Border Protection published two notices asking for private companies to bid on the project.

Numerous larger companies bidding on the wall did not provide The San Diego Union-Tribune with copies of their designs because they are in competition with each other and do not want their efforts becoming public.

April 6, 2017- The number of people arrested crossing the Mexico border into the United States has fallen to the lowest level in 17 years. While Trump has outwardly revealed a price tag of $8 billion, which is an optimistic number for any government infrastructure project, the Department of Homeland Security refuses to commit to any price tag at all and doesn't seem sure how to build it. The administration has not yet changed how the border is patrolled, but the president's tough talk on immigration and arrests of immigrants living in the country illegally have likely acted as deterrents. "It's frustrating to me", McCaskill said.

Kelly stated the number in written testimony, the Washington Examiner reports.

The border wall should be "a piece of art", Russ Baumgartner, CEO of Concrete Contractors Interstate of San Diego, tells the AP. "All we know is that physical barriers do work if they are put in the right places".

While Kelly said he will continue to correspond with border security chiefs, he stated it is unlikely their needs will manifest in the form of one continuous wall.

Another contractor, Yahoo News reported, citing an Associated Press story, asked if authorities would "rush in" to defend his employees if they face "hostile fire" while working on the wall.