White House requests $1.5 billion from Congress to begin border wall construction

A pile of clothes sits on the banks of the Rio Grande river on the US  Mexico border in Laredo Texas

The Trump administration also submitted a supplemental 2017 budget request on March 16, asking Congress to approve an additional $3 billion for border and immigration security, of which an estimated $1.5 billion will go toward the border wall project.

The budget proposal includes a $2.6 billion investment on "tactical infrastructure" and designs and planning for the wall as well as $314 million toward hiring and training 500 border-patrol agents and 1,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in 2018. In its request for information, the agency described plans to build a concrete wall about 30 feet high that can prevent climbing and withstand tampering or damage.

"He's definitely throwing several billion dollars at something that is going to be unneeded, unwanted and ineffective", he said.

Trump made building a wall a cornerstone of his campaign, promising to make Mexico pay for it, and lately has said Mexico will do so one way or another. And since the administration opened the bidding for construction, many businesses, an unexpected number of which are Hispanic-owned, have shown interest in building the wall.

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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

President Donald Trump laid out his plans for funding a wall along the US-Mexico border as part of the White House's budget blueprint released Thursday, detailing an initial payment for the wall's design and construction and plans for a hiring spree within immigration-enforcement agencies.

"It's coming out of the treasury", he said.

Cuellar, who met with Mexico's new ambassador to the United States on Thursday, reiterated that "Mexico is not going to pay for this wall.We all want to secure the border but there are smarter better ways of securing the border". After the report came out, Trump vowed to bring the price "way down", though he did not offer specifics.

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There are also already indicators that funding a total wall could be a tough sell in Congress.

In the Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow 52-48 advantage over the Democratic Caucus and funding bills need to clear 60-vote procedural thresholds to pass, there is little eagerness among Republicans to dive quickly into erecting a wall amid uncertainty about how it will be financed.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said during a radio interview last week on WHYY-FM that threatening to shut down the government in order to get what they want is the Democrats' "only card" in negotiations with the Republicans. "We actually think the government overall does good things for the American people".

The emerging split is likely to add tension to upcoming budget negotiations created to keep the government open past the end of April.

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