President Donald Trump is asking for a big down payment on his
promised wall along the US-Mexico border, but it’s much less than
experts expect such a wall to cost.
The White Houses’ fiscal year 2018 budget, set to be released
Tuesday, will include $2.6 billion for increased border
security, including $1.6 billion in funding for the wall
according to Office of Management and Budget director Mick
“The spending on the border security is $2.6 billion, of
which I think $1.6 billion is actual bricks and mortar
construction,” Mulvaney said Monday. “The other $1 billion is
infrastructure and technology.”
The $2.6 billion in requested funding for the Department of
Homeland Security’s border operations is up from $1.6 billion in
2017 according to Mulvaney.
This number is much less than the $8 billion to $12 billion
Trump has suggested would be needed to build his wall.
The proposed funding is just the first step in the
process towards the 2018 budget and any funding for a border wall
will likely face huge pushback from Democrats and even some