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 $US2.6 billion for increased border security, including $US1.6 billion in funding for the wall according to Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney.
“The spending on the border security is $US2.6 billion, of which I think $US1.6 billion is actual bricks and mortar construction,” Mulvaney said Monday. “The other $US1 billion is infrastructure and technology.”
The $US2.6 billion in requested funding for the Department of Homeland Security’s border operations is up from $US1.6 billion in 2017 according to Mulvaney.
This number is much less than the $US8 billion to $US12 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 Republicans.
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