Secretary Kelly, says he hopes to visit the Rio Grande Valley more often, in an effort to better recognize the needs of the community. "I really hope to have it done within the next two years".
The retired four-star Marine general noted that a physical structure sends the message that the U.S.is protecting its citizens and that the wall will likely be a mixture of physical barriers and technological sensors.
"But it's a layered approach, and it's got to be backed up by great men and women who are going to make sure that the wall is intact", he added.
Fox News traveled with Kelly in McAllen, Texas, on Wednesday where he saw first-hand the challenges for Border Patrol agents.
'I think the funding will come relatively quickly and like I said, we will build it where it's needed first as identified by the men and women who work the border, ' he added.
Kelly, who will oversee the wall's planning and construction, said that the Trump administration officials "already have the authority" under existing law to start the project.
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The former president checked in first on January 14 after being rushed there for experiencing shortness of breath. Barbara Bush, 91, was simultaneously treated for bronchitis. "So, like I said, we're honored to have them".
During his presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly said that he will build a wall along the US-Mexico border to control immigration.
Secretary Kelly also told Fox News what his wife said when President Trump offered him the role in the administration.
While it may be an ambitious schedule, unlike his predecessors, Secretary Kelly will not have to fight the executive branch in order to secure the border.
But the idea of the wall being more of a transparent barrier between the two countries, at least in part, contradicts Trump's claim that he will erect a "big, lovely wall" along the entire length of the border.
"We have so many Texans being so concerned with our border being completely overrun with more than a thousand people a day crossing the border", Abbott said. "I really don't think they're used to people that say things on the campaign trail actually turning them into action".