The 60 miles of border wall shown in drone footage released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection is "brand new," and replaces "old, dilapidated" wall structures in Arizona that no longer worked, the agency's acting commissioner, Mark Morgan, said Tuesday.
"There's a false narrative out there that really wants to make a big deal about that it's a replacement," Morgan told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "This hearkens back to when we called it a fence, a wall, a barrier. Look, what was there was old, dilapidated and didn't work."
He added that every mile of wall that is being built is "absolutely a new wall," which consists not only of a wall, but of a system that includes integrated lighting, technology, and access roads.
"With each mile that's built, this country is more safe," said Morgan, adding that the men and women of the Border Patrol will all say that President Donald Trump has been giving them "exactly what they have been asking for."
The wall includes an 18-foot steel bollard barrier to further deter illegal aliens from crossing into the U.S., and "that's what the experts asked for and that's what the president is delivering," said Morgan.
He also rejected an Axios report saying that the Trump administration can't say where the first mile of new wall has been built.
"Every mile those 60 miles have been built, that's a new wall," said Morgan. "What they are trying to convolute is new additional linear miles of wall, and right now, that's also been underway."
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