Trump continues to follow through [perhaps ‘push through’ would be a better characterization] with one of his primary campaign promises to seal the border and build a massive wall between the United States and Mexico.
On top of funding that would create 100 new positions for immigration attorneys, 1500 new border enforcement patrols, and $1 billion for “detention and deportation,” he also has earmarked more than $2 billion dollars for what The New York Times characterizes as a “down payment on Mr. Trump’s signature border wall.” The wall is the largest single line item in the President’s budget.
The budget doesn’t mention any of that money coming from Mexico…
The Times points out that bigger problems are already on the horizon, not the least of which is the fact that $2 billion will barely be a drop in the bucket in a project this massive. The money to complete the wall will have to come from somewhere – and if the President gets his way, it will come from slashing a number of social programs, funding for the arts, the EPA, the State Department, etc.
This is already meeting with stiff opposition from lawmakers. But even more notable is the number of landowners along the U.S. borders who are unwilling to allow this to happen on their property. Trump plans to hire a slew of new attorneys to obtain the land quickly and quietly.
The New York Times reports that Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) estimates that to complete the wall (JUST the wall) will cost the American tax payers between $12-15 billion dollars.