Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Large Budget Proposed for Mexico-US Border Wall

House panel approves $10B for border wall Getty Images
Kenny Thornton | 09 October, 2017, 09:25

Recently a House panel has approved legislation to provide a total of $15 billion for construction of President Donald Trump's wall along the US-Mexico border and improve ports of entry into the US.

The Hill reports the Border Security for America Act was passed Wednesday by the Republican-majority House Homeland Security Committee on a party-line 18-12 vote. "Our plan takes a multilayered approach by authorizing a strategic combination of physical infrastructure, personnel, and technology along the border".

"There was a time in the not too far distant past when this committee cared for facts, data and results", said ranking member Bennie Thompson, D - Miss.

But it also includes some of the president's own promises about the wall, many of which are, shall we say, less concrete: that the wall be "big and beautiful"; that it be "see-through" but also "made of rebar and steel"; that it be "solar"; and that it be "paid for by the Mexican Government". It also calls for $5 billion to be invested in modernizing ports of entry and adding 5,000 Border Patrol agents in order to help streamline lawful trade and crack down on illegal trafficking. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, to protect Big Bend National Park and other geographic formations from wall construction by stating that a "structure would not be built where it is impractical and ineffective". The funds are from "reprogrammed money" within US Customs and Border Protection.

WSU's slot receivers come through in Cougars' 33-10 win over Oregon
He even had a long 21-yard gain at the start of the second quarter that was reminiscent of the runs he used to uncork past year . A 20-yard field goal by Aidan Schneider and a 30-yard touchdown pass by Burmeister to Jacob Breeland gave OR a 10-7 lead.

But Trump has shown a willingness to wheel and deal with Democrats, who themselves are still in search of a permanent fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - which allows young immigrants brought into America illegally to be shielded from deportation.

A complaint filed last week by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, mirrors two others by environmental groups that allege the administration overstepped its authority to speed up construction. Cornyn told Texas reporters Wednesday that he expected Congress to act on both border security and DACA this year.

McCaul smiled and said "I appreciate the gentleman's creativity in this amendment", before voting against it.

Commenting on the progress to date, Ronald Vitiello, Acting Deputy Commissioner US Customs and Border Protection said: "We are committed to securing our border and that includes constructing border walls". No one voted for the amendment.

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