Secretary Kelly made the comments during an interview with Fox News, his first on television as Homeland Security secretary.
Abbott did not elaborate on his views of economic development, but before officials closed the doors to an hour-long private security briefing he emphasized the nature of Wednesday's visit with Kelly, a former general in the U.S. Marine Corps.
"I'd really like to establish a relationship on this, on the other side".
"Any discussion about the protection of our southwest border involves discussion of physical barriers but also of technological sensors, things like that", he said.
"I think the funding will come relatively quickly and like I said, we will build it where it's needed first as identified by the men and women who work the border", Kelly said.
According to a Yahoo News story, cost estimates are all over the map: "Trump has said that his cost estimates for building the wall range from $4 to $10 billion, but other estimates put the price at $11 billion for 400 more miles of fencing".
Safety Test Results on Electric Cars
Tesla says it is working with its supplier to improve the headlights, and IIHS will evaluate the new ones when they are available. The BMW i3 fell short in the head restraint test, which measures how well the auto protects an occupant's head in a rear crash.
The president issued an order last month calling for the executive branch to "secure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border, monitored and supported by adequate personnel so as to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism".
Fox News traveled with Kelly in McAllen, Texas, on Wednesday where he saw first-hand the challenges for Border Patrol agents.
Trump's campaign vow to make Mexicans pay for the wall has caused a diplomatic row and sparked patriotic fervor south of the border.
After an global backlash caused by President Trump barring travel into the USA from seven majority-Muslim countries, General Kelly defended his boss. 'But I will tell you the men and women of Homeland Security did a great job out on the front lines in this case mostly at the airports'.
'And I think this very rapid succession of decisions, I don't think the American public is really all that used to people making decisions, ' Kelly continued.
Both Kelly and Trump have said they believe they have the authority to begin work under existing law.