Trump wall slowly evolving from dream to reality.
The House Appropriations Committee allocated $1.6 billion on 7/11 for Donald Trump’s proposed border wall in a newly released bill aimed at fulfilling one of the president’s most important campaign promises, the Hill reported.
However, the bill says nothing about Mexico paying for the wall. The committee simply promised to allocate funding for fiscal year 2018 to the Department of Homeland Security in order to begin construction.
“Keeping Americans safe by protecting our homeland is a top priority. This funding bill provides the resources to begin building a wall along our southern border, enhance our existing border security infrastructure, hire more border patrol agents, and fund detention operations,” House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee Chariman John Carder said.
“On the DHS side it’s clear that we’ve gotten a direction to secure the southern border, that a wall and barrier is part of that process along with people and technology and that funding from Congress is required for us to move forward on that.”
According to House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, Trump does not plan on signing anything into law that does not include funding for a wall. He is reportedly determined to get the project going through congressional legislation first, before negotiating with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on a payment plan.
In total, the bill allocates $13.8 billion to customs and border protection. That includes the $1.6 billion for the wall, $100 million to hire 500 more Border Patrol agents, $131 million for new border technology, $106 million for aircraft and sensors and $109 million for “non-intrusive inspection equipment.”
It also adds $619.7 million to Immigration and Customs Enforcement over current levels, bringing total funding for ICE to $7 billion. The Hill
Despite the avalanche of incessant fake media attacks on Trump designed to distract the White House from achieving its goals, the president clearly plans on following through with his promises to protect American sovereignty.