A cheering crowd at CPAC was the first to hear a big update about the U.S. border wall.
Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and White House senior advisor, said that construction on the border wall is progressing rapidly.
So far, 130 miles of wall have been built.
But the biggest update was on the current speed of construction.
Five miles of new border wall are being build each week. By summer time, that number should increase to seven miles.
“We’ve finished most of the contracting, and what we’re seeing now is we’re doing about five miles a week. We hope in about two months, we’ll be over seven miles a week,” Kushner said.
See Kushner’s statement at CPAC below!
Kushner also provided updates that the mainstream media isn't reporting.
While the mainstream media and Democratic candidates like to claim that "walls aren't effective," that's the exact opposite from what ICE and border patrol agents are saying.
In areas with new border wall, immigration enforcement is able to focus on things like stopping illegal drugs and rescuing victims of human trafficking.
The Western Journal has additional details on Kushner's border update:
Kushner noted as the wall has gone up, it has freed up border patrol officers to focus their attention on other issues like the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
“Drug interdictions have gone up tremendously, border crossings have gone down,” he said. “The team in Homeland Security is really doing a great job now of securing the border.”
“And I think it’s going to get better and better as the wall continues to go up.”
Kushner said he jokes with President Donald Trump that only Trump could make the notion of a wall “controversial.”
“It’s a very unique talent that he has,” the president’s son-in-law quipped.
Schlapp responded, “There’s a wall and a wheel. You can’t outdo them.”
“He hasn’t made the wheel controversial yet,” Kushner replied, “but I would imagine if he starts campaigning on the wheel, the Democrats will be allergic to wheels and they’ll try to ban wheels from America.”
We're glad the President's son-in-law has a sense of humor just like he does!
Like they say: "Humor is the truth, only faster."
Watch Kushner joke about Trump's ability to make a wheel "controversial."
So exactly how much border wall will be built?
At this rate, an additional 450 miles of new border wall will be built within the year.
Trump is continuing to keep his promise to the American people and fullfil the central tenant of his campaign!
This is an excellent point that he'll be able to make for his re-election: he's kept his promises and is getting things done.
And yes, that includes the construction of the wall on the southern border!
Politico details how border crossing are down 75 percent year-over-year and how the wall has helped:
After years of setbacks, President Donald Trump is on track to build more than 450 miles of a wall along the southern border within the year, the White House says, making good on a campaign pledge as he seeks reelection.
“The project will substantially be done by the end of the year or early next year,” Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, said in an interview Friday with POLITICO. “That was a promise, and it’s important that it’s now being accomplished.”
Since invoking an emergency declaration, the Trump administration has diverted enough money in 2019 and 2020 to build the wall in four locations along the Mexican border where most immigrants from Latin America cross into the United States, a White House official said.
The White House will soon publicly announce how many miles it expects to be able to build before Trump‘s term ends.
In recent weeks, even some members of the administration had expressed skepticism that the president would meet his goal of 450 miles by the end of 2020. Kushner said construction had been completed on 122 miles of wall as of Friday. The border between the United States and Mexico spans nearly 2,000 miles.
Speaking Friday at the White House, Trump touted the reductions in border crossings. In a meeting with members of the Border Patrol Council, the labor union for agents, he said areas where the wall has been erected are “virtually 100 percent effective.”
“Illegal border crossings have dropped eight straight months in a row — that’s a big number,” he said. “Illegal crossings are down over 75 percent since last spring. And this is despite the fact that we have the strongest economy in the history of the country.”
A few images and video of border wall construction can be viewed below!