Trump administration proposes $18b for border wall extension

Marie Harrington
January 7, 2018

It included $18 billion in funding for a U.S. -Mexico border wall, crackdowns on "sanctuary" cities and limiting "chain migration", which allows citizens and permanent residents to sponsor family members.

The $18 billion would go toward the construction of more than 700 miles of new and replacement barriers.

"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.

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Trump is also asking for changes to the legal immigration system.

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A built in delay gives congress until March to come up with a resolution.

Mexico has steadfastly rejected President Trump's demand that Mexico pay for the wall and few doubt that United States taxpayers will foot the bill - if the wall ends up being built.

The Customs and Border Protection document calls for a total of $33 billion in new border spending, including $18 billion for the wall, $5.7 billion for technology gear, $1 billion for road construction and maintenance and $8.5 billion for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents, 2,500 border inspectors and other personnel, the USA official said.

'This is not going to get us the whole wall we need, but it's a start, ' she said.

Border Patrol agents patroling the United States-Mexico Border wall during Opening the Door Of Hope/Abriendo La Puerta De La Esparana, at Friendship Park in San Ysidro, Calif., on November 19, 2016.

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