Trump Administration Will Request $18 Billion for the Border Wall
"The Trump administration is seeking $18 billion to construct about 700 miles of border wall and fencing over the next decade," according to an article by Will Racke. The $18 billion in funding would included in a larger $33 billion border security package.
Racke is sharing news first revealed by Laura Meckler for The Wall Street Journal (paywall).
"The funding would go towards adding to or replacing the existing 654 miles of border barrier, bringing the total to nearly 1,000 miles, or about about half of the entire southwest border," explains Racke.
Racke also notes that the proposal falls well short of President Trump's promises on the campaign trail, both in spending U.S. tax dollars to finance the wall and in the scope of the project. President Trump originally promised to build a wall along the entire 2,200-mile border between Mexico and the United States.