Promises Kept: Trump Admin Reportedly Secured Funding for 1,000 Miles of Border Wall
The Trump Administration has secured funding for 1,000 miles of new wall along the southern border of the United States and Mexico, according to an exclusive report from the Daily Caller.
A White House official told the publication that the administration has “now shifted from securing funds to being able to build more wall.”
“On the border, there’s great news to report,” the official said. “The president has kept his promise to secure the border. With funding available, the administration will build up to approximately 1,000 miles of border wall along the southwest border.”
“The 2021 budget request, which has increases for infrastructure, technology, and law enforcement personnel, is what’s required to gain operational control of the border.”
The White House budget request for immigration agencies has increased, according to officials who spoke with the Daily Caller:
According to White House officials familiar with the fiscal year 2021 proposal, the budget request for Customs and Border Patrol jumped to $15.6 billion, up roughly 7 percent from last year’s enacted total. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also saw a significant budget bump, with a funding request just shy of $10 billion.
The Departments of Defense and Homeland Security are expected to allocate 8.4 billion to border wall construction.
The White House will reveal its entire 2021 proposal later this week.
Border apprehensions have dropped for the eighth straight month and Trump Administration policies–including having asylum seekers wait in Mexico until their cases are heard–have been credited for the decline.
In the past four months, 165,000 illegal immigrants have been apprehended at the border. During the same period one year prior, that number was approximately 242,000, according to an official who spoke to the Associated Press.
In January 2020, approximately 36,000 migrants were apprehended and deemed inadmissible by border patrol agents–a 10 percent decline from December.
Illegal migrant apprehensions peaked in May of 2019, with more than 144,000 attempting to cross the border.
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