Pence to visit border wall in Arizona on Thursday

Vice President Pence on Thursday will travel to Arizona to tour parts of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, an administration official confirmed.

Pence will meet with officials from Customs and Border Protection in Nogales, Ariz, during the trip. CNN first reported details of Pence's trip. 


Pence will visit the border amid a changing of the guard in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leadership and roughly a week after Trump met with officials and viewed the wall in Calexico, Calif.

Pence's travel plans were reported shortly after the government announced that U.S. border agents apprehended roughly 92,000 individuals in March trying to cross the southern border illegally. The number was the highest of the year to date.

The vice president has been a staunch supporter of Trump's immigration agenda, which appears to be shifting along with the faces atop the Department of Homeland Security.

The president said last Friday as he departed for California that he was withdrawing his nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because he wanted to go in a "tougher direction."

Trump announced Sunday that DHS Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenBiden picks first Latino to lead Homeland Security Judge says acting DHS secretary appointment unlawful, invalidates DACA suspension Biden's hard stand on foreign election interference signals funding fight MORE was resigning. Multiple reports said the two clashed over the legality of the president's desire to reinstate the administration's practice of separating families who crossed the border illegally.

The president on Tuesday said that he was not looking to reinstitute the practice, but argued that it served as an effective deterrent.

As Trump dismissed that tactic, a senior administration official said the White House is seeking ways to make it harder for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to receive asylum, in part by forcing them to meet stricter requirements proving they have a credible fear of returning to their home countries.

The possible changes are part of Trump’s efforts to revamp the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over frustration with the spike of migrant families and unaccompanied minors crossing the border.