Trump Still Wants To Build A Wall And It Will Cost You ‘BIGLY.’ Here’s How Much Taxpayers Will Lose
One of Donald Trump’s biggest campaign promises was building a giant wall on the southern border and saying that Mexico will pay for it. We know by now that Mexico will not pay for such wall.
So what are the options now if Trump wants to fulfill his promise of building a wall of hate? On Tuesday the House Appropriations Committee released a bill asking for $1.6 billion to begin construction of the “wall.”
“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,” said House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter.
DHS spokesman David Lepan said earlier Tuesday, “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.”
So how much funding is needed to “secure” the border wall? How much will be coming out of taxpayers’ pockets?
According to The Hill:
“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.”