US official hopes Trump border wall finished in two years

“The wall will be built where it’s needed first, and then it will be filled in. That’s the way I look at it,” retired Marine general John Kelly told Fox.

Trump has signed an executive order designed to meet his campaign pledge to build a wall along the 2,000 mile (3,200 km) southern US border, with the stated goal of keeping out undocumented migrants, drugs and criminals.

Kelly said that protecting the southern border is “a layered approach” that includes physical barriers as well as technological sensors “and things like that”.

Trump has said that his cost estimates for building the wall range from $4 to $10 billion, but other estimates put the price at $11 billion for 400 more miles of fencing. The MIT Technology Review estimated that a 1,000 mile steel and concrete wall would cost $27 to $40 billion.

“I think the funding will come relatively quickly,” Kelly said, adding that construction could begin in just a few months.

Trump’s campaign vow to make Mexicans pay for the wall has caused a diplomatic row and sparked patriotic fervor south of the border.

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