Trump administration seeks $18bn from Congress for Mexico border wall

The Trump administration is seeking nearly $18bn from Congress over the next decade to start extending and reinforcing a border wall with Mexico, the first financial blueprint for the president’s election campaign promise.


Details of the plan revealed on Friday would fund 316 miles of new barriers and bolster an additional 407 miles of existing barriers, adding up to a significant expansion of walls and fencing along the southwestern border.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a branch of homeland security, submitted the details to Congress. Democrats and Republicans in Washington are gearing up for a fraught battle over the proposed wall and the status of young undocumented migrants, two issues that have become entangled and risk triggering a government shutdown on 20 January if no deal is reached.

Donald Trump electrified supporters during the 2016 election by promising to build a “big, beautiful wall” along the 2000 mile border with Mexico to keep out criminals and undocumented immigrants.

Currently there are about 650 miles of man-made physical barriers. CBP relies on sensors, cameras, patrols and natural barriers, such as rivers, to control the rest.

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