Brocker.Org: Trump’s budget lays out $1.6 billion for construction of the wall along the US-Mexico border

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Supporters
of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump chant, “Build
that wall.”

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Rex Arbogast


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
Mulvaney.

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.

Other analysts have estimated the
cost for the wall will be up to $25 billion.
 Senate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
even estimated the cost
 to be between $12 billion
and $15 billion.

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
Republicans.

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