Trump cabinet members show unwavering support for wall during border visit
EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) —
Unwavering support for the border wall plus an end to unlawful immigration echoed through the borderland Thursday with the visit by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to El Paso.
Both members of the Trump cabinet took a tour of the border city and met with the members of multiple agencies that help maintain border and national security.
Sessions met with Border Patrol agents, immigration judges and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyers. He said he's ready to add an additional 50 immigration judges to streamline backlogged deportation cases.
When it comes to a border wall, the cabinet members say it's a must.
"It's absolutely essential that we build that wall but that wall has to be combined with technology, no doubt about it," Kelly said.
Sessions said that the work the administration is doing has already helped reduce the flow of illegal immigration. He said that last month the country saw the lowest number of undocumented immigrants in 17 years.
Dozens of people were outside the Federal Building Library in downtown El Paso protesting the visit by the cabinet members.
Protesters said there are also those people who are innocent or vulnerable, who they say have to enter the country illegally.
"Immigrants and refugees are fleeing real violence and death threats, so to consider them as criminals and even worse to deport them back to the dangerous situations is very inhumane," the Rev. Rafael Garcia said.
"It's not the same thing, a criminal, than an immigrant or a refugee. I think that is something that the government is not necessarily understanding," Angel Flores said.
Sessions has been visiting other cities along the border. Last week, he was in Arizona and he will be in California later this week.
He’s expected to visit portions of the border, and meet with Border Patrol officials on security here in the El Paso region.