President Trump To Visit U.S. Mexico Border

Alan Scaia
April 02, 2019 - 8:05 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - President Donald Trump will visit the U.S.-Mexico border Friday, touring a section of border fence installed last year.

The White House says the president will see a 30-foot stretch of fence in Calexico, California and attend a round-table with local law enforcement.

In October, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visited the same area, unveiling a plaque reading, "This plaque was installed on October 26, 2018, to commemorate the completion of the first section of President Trump’s border wall.”

The George W. Bush Presidential Center recently held a round-table on immigration at SMU. The discussion was held before the former president spoke at a naturalization ceremony.

The director of the Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative says the discussion focused on "pressure points" over the current debate over immigration.

"Immigration's really about people," says Laura Collins. "We wanted to hear the stories from people who work on the ground with immigrants, on the ground with border security."

Collins says the discussion looked at the way immigrants contribute to the economy and American culture. She says the initiative aims to educate policy-makers and the public about the contributions immigrants make.

"We think there are broad misconceptions about immigration today," Collins says. "We hope to just have a positive message, a fact-based discussion, on something that tends to be a pretty heated topic."

Earlier this year, President Trump tweeted that he would support a path to citizenship for people with H-1B visas, available to highly skilled workers.

The program grants about 65,000 employment visas each year.​