Kelly has been seeking input from Customs and Border Protection officers. More than 300 companies quickly signed up to present proposals on how to take the President's vision and promise to reality.
A youth looks at a new, taller fence being built along U.S. -Mexico border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, across the border from Sunland Park, N.M.
The proposal from Riverdale Mills Corporation employs wire mesh, which is already used along the Mexican border with California and Arizona.
While such appeals hope to garner the interest of a president who has put a premium on aesthetics, not all proposals share such a concern.
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"President Trump knows that I'm looking at every variation on the theme-the wall makes sense here, high-tech fencing makes sense over here-I have no doubt he'll tell me to go and do it", Kelly said.
CBP specified it wanted the wall to be at least 18-feet high, while a 30-foot-high design was preferred.
The Department of Homeland Security in January sought models for a solid concrete wall that would be as high as 30 feet and anchored many feet into the ground but also visually pleasing from the US side.
"You punch your code in or you come behind the border wall, there is a feeling of isolation", Ray Loop explained. "Smooth surface on the glacis [sloped] and [vertical] surfaces make climbing harder, and there are no handholds".
State lawmakers in NY and California have proposed measures barring companies involved in the construction of Trump's wall from doing business in those states. Members of his political base responded enthusiastically to the idea, chanting "Build that wall!" at many of his campaign stops.
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"The movement of human trafficking of people, in general, is down significantly, and young girls are down, in particular, even more significantly", Kelly said.
Numerous larger companies bidding on the wall did not provide The San Diego Union-Tribune with copies of their designs because they are in competition with each other and do not want their efforts becoming public.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Congress the decline was "no accident", crediting President Trump.
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Otra Nation, a group of American and Mexican citizens, proposed the world's first shared co-nation along the border "open to citizens of both countries and co-maintained by Mexico and the United States of America". The design would also reportedly be able to immediately detect a breach of the wall or intrusion via a fiber cable buried underground. The long line of 30-foot organs breaks in regular intervals, offering border-crossers the opportunity to walk straight through - but not before playing a ditty of their choosing.
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A CNN special report investigating the impact Donald Trump's proposed wall to separate Mexico from the US will have on those living on the border found that some homeowners will have to sell their property for much lower than its value, while others will find their houses on Mexico's side of the barrier.