Ryan Zinke, a former Army Ranger, is set to deliver a Homeland Security Department homeland security plan this week, a White House official said on Wednesday, a move that will further cement Trump’s border wall plans.
Zinke will deliver the plan to Trump on Friday at the White House, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“We are very happy that the president is taking on the challenge of securing the border,” said Zinke’s deputy, Ben Ray Lujan, who is also the acting director of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Trump’s decision to make the border a priority also underscores the administration’s focus on cracking down on illegal immigration, which is projected to be a key factor in the November presidential election.
“President Trump is determined to secure the border and keep Americans safe,” Lujan said.
“That is why he is determined that the next president will focus on securing the nation’s borders, not spending billions on a massive border wall.”