USA: Trump Asks For More Funds to Build Mexico Border Wall

USA: Trump Asks For More Funds to Build Mexico Border Wall

The Trump administration is preparing to ask Congress for $18 billion to build President Donald Trump's envisioned "big, handsome wall" along the U.S. -Mexico border.

The proposal by Customs and Border Protection calls for 316 miles (505 kilometers) of additional barrier by September 2027, bringing total coverage to 970 miles (1,552 kilometers), or almost half the border, according to a US official with direct knowledge of the matter.

On Friday, the White House requested roughly $33 billion worth of stringent border security measures from Congress.

If granted, the money would pay for 316 miles of new fencing and reinforce another 407 miles where barriers are already in place.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prepared the document for several Senators who requested a detailed ask regarding the administration's border wall plans.

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Trump has pressured Democrats in Congress to approve the funding in exchange for allowing undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, and who had been protected by the Obama-era program known as DACA, to remain.

Trump is basically saying that he will not fix granting "amnesty" to DACA recipients unless he gets the funding required for the wall and related expenditure.

"President Trump has said he may need a good government shutdown to get his wall", Sen.

Mexico has steadfastly rejected Trump's demand that it pay for the wall and few doubt that US taxpayers will foot the bill if the wall is built. The $18 billion would expand the physical barrier on the US-Mexico border from its current 654 miles to almost 1,000 miles-about half of the total border.

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