Trump administration proposes $18b for border wall extension
- Author: Jon Douglas Jan 07, 2018,
Jan 07, 2018, 4:14
Those measures would be paid out over a period of 10 years, and they include funding for technology, infrastructure, 10,000 additional immigration officers and a 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.
"I believe Mexico will pay for the wall", Trump said during a brief news conference at Camp David, where he was meeting congressional Republican leaders to plan for 2018 midterms.
"I am not sure why President Trump wants to shut down the government over a multi-billion dollar wall that no one wants, is not needed and will not be paid for by Mexico", Sanders said in a statement.
In September, President Trump gave Congress 6 months to come up with a solution to protect as many as 800,000 people who are benefiting from the DACA program. Although DACA expires in early March under Trump's order, for technical reasons advocates and legal experts see late January as a critical juncture for Congress to address the status of 'dreamers'.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the wall would be "first and foremost" in any package that includes new protections for DACA recipients.
The administration's plan, per the document, is to almost double the amount of fencing along the border, from 654 miles now to around 1,000 in total. President Trump has also promised to build a wall with Mexico as a centerpiece of his presidency but offered few details of where it would be built, when and at what cost.