President Donald Trump is determined to get that wall up. For this happen, he is asking for a few billion dollars to get it started.
In fact, Trump is only asking for an immediate funding of $1.5 billion. According to White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, this is the budget needed for 2017. “No, it doesn’t, but it gets us a start on the program and you’ll see some of the wall being built this year, and then obviously increased funding in 2018,” he explained. The budget would go up slightly to $2.6 billion for the following year.
According to the White House budget proposal, “This investment would strengthen border security, helping stem the flow of people and drugs illegally crossing the U.S. borders.” Mulvaney added that the planned border wall will take more than two years to build.
Unclear if Mexico is paying for the border wall.
Meanwhile, a video report from CBS News shows that Trump’s plans for the wall will be challenged by many. These include a number of Republican senators opposing its construction altogether. They believe Mexico would not pay for the wall. When asked whether Mexico will indeed be shelling out money, Mulvaney only said that the source of funds is “up to the President and the Treasury and the State Department.” There is no further information on how Trump intends to bill Mexico for the wall.
Trump beefs up immigration, border patrol.
Aside from the border wall, Trump also plans to ask for an additional $314 million for border security and immigration enforcement. This is intended to be for recruitment, hiring and training of more personnel. The plan is to recruit 500 new Border Patrol Agents and 1,000 new Immigration and Customs enforcement personnel and staff. Their job is to stop anyone from crossing the border illegally. They are also tasked to “remove those already in the United States who entered illegally.”
At the same time, an investment of $15 million has been earmarked for the implementation of the mandatory E-Verify. The said internet-based program will allow businesses to check for the eligibility of new employees to work in the U.S.