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Homeland Security Acting Secretary in Yuma To Celebrate 100 Miles of Border Wall on Southern Border

The Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was in Yuma along with local Border Patrol and elected officials to celebrate border wall construction success. 

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf visited a section of border fencing west of Yuma on Jan. 10 where a plaque was installed with President Donald Trump’s name.

Wolf’s visit came two days after a federal appeals court ruled that Trump could use $3.6 billion in Defense Department money to build the wall along several sections of the U.S.-Mexico border. The acting secretary said it was a time to celebrate.

“Today, I’m proud to report that the Trump administration has now constructed 100 miles of new border wall system on the southern border," Wolf said. "This is a milestone achievement for the president, for the department and, more importantly, for our country, including communities like Yuma.” 

Yuma Sector officials told KAWC that the 100 miles include about 24 miles of new border wall constructed here, including about 22 miles near San Luis and the rest along the Colorado River. The Yuma Sector is slated for another 31 mile project to begin soon along the Barry M. Goldwater bombing range

Wolf said Border Patrol officials have made it clear to him that a wall system is needed and it has been shown it works because apprehension numbers have decreased significantly in all sectors where fencing has gone up.

He was joined by U.S. Senator Martha McSally, Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik and Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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