Posted February 16, 2019 12:50:31Trump’s administration is in the process of developing a border security strategy to deter future attacks by undocumented immigrants.
The president has called for a “wall,” a project that would include fencing and sensors along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, but it’s unclear how that would be funded.
The administration’s first budget request, submitted in January, proposed $12 billion for the wall.
That number was slashed in the House by $2 billion.
It was the latest in a string of proposed border security measures by Trump, who has vowed to deport all undocumented immigrants and build a “big, beautiful wall.”
He has also said that Mexico will pay for the border wall.
But the Trump Administration has yet to outline a timeline for the project, which is already expected to cost hundreds of billions of dollars.
While the administration has not yet laid out a detailed proposal, officials have said the border is a priority and the border will be a priority for the next administration.
“We’re very much focused on the security of the border,” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies on Thursday.
“It’s not about what we can get done now, but what we need to do.”
The Border Security Act of 2018 would fund the wall by 2021, with the goal of installing “comprehensive border security systems” by 2022.
The bill would also include “enhanced enforcement measures” for the current year, including additional manpower and equipment, hiring more border patrol agents, and establishing a program to hire more Border Patrol agents and provide additional training to border patrol officers.
A DHS spokesperson said in a statement that the agency “will continue to be transparent in the context of the implementation of these actions, including providing a full analysis of our costs and the impact on the border.”
The border is already a critical route for illegal immigration.
Since the border was opened to the public in 1924, nearly half a million undocumented migrants have entered the United States.
The flow has grown over the years, but apprehensions are still low.
In 2017, a total of 785,000 people were apprehended on the Southwest border alone.
It’s not clear how much the border security plan will cost, but Mulvany’s comments indicate that it will likely cost more than the $12-billion price tag he previously said.
Trump has also been vocal about his desire to build the wall, claiming that “Mexico will pay.”
In the past, he has suggested that Mexico might pay for it.
But as a candidate, he said that the U.C.P.A. “would not pay” for it, which could have been interpreted as an endorsement of the wall’s funding.