Trump administration wants $18B to build 'big, attractive wall'

A Homeland Security border patrol officer rides an All Terrain Vehicle past prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall on Nov. 1 2017 in Otay Mesa

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Republicans are pressing for a funding boost mainly for the military and other security-related work, while Democrats say any increase needs to offer parity between defense and non-defense agencies. Hurd, whose district includes more than 1,200 kilometres of border territory with Mexico, has pushed for more funding for sensors and other border security technologies.

The Customs and Border Protection document calls for a total of $33 billion in new border spending, including $18 billion for the wall, $5.7 billion for technology gear, $1 billion for road construction and maintenance and $8.5 billion for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents, 2,500 border inspectors and other personnel, the US official said.

Earlier today, White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp told Brianna Keilar that, instead of an actual wall, the president is looking to build something called a "border wall system".

Mexico, Trump said, "can pay for it indirectly through NAFTA".

"This is not going to get us the whole wall we need, but it's a start", she said.

Anyone who brings any type of legislation to the House and Senate floors that gives any legal status to groups who are not here legally before the wall is built will be the proximate cause of betraying the determined voters who elected Donald J. Trump as president.

The news comes as Congress attempts to reach a legislative solution for young unauthorized immigrants losing their protections from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"One of the things we are discussing very powerfully is drugs pouring into this country and how to stop it, because it's at a point over the last number of years ... it's never been like this", he said. "I think it's something that they'd like to see happen", Trump told reporters. "So it's important to reduce those vulnerabilities for our security's sake", she said. Now, in reference to the border wall, candidate Trump repeatedly said, "I am building a wall".

The document has not yet been made public but was obtained by The Wall Street Journal last week, providing the most comprehensive outline for the project so far.

It's unclear. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY, tweeted Tuesday that Trump's demand for a "completely ineffective" border wall was why they had been unable to reach a deal so far.

Trump is seeking $18 billion over 10 years to make his prized campaign pledge a reality.

Yet several Democrats are still pushing for a so-called clean bill.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said rebuilding the nation's infrastructure and bolstering the military would be priorities this year, as well as ensuring "that everyone enjoys the economic growth that's to come". Democrats are planning to leverage the federal budget, which must be passed by January 19 and requires Democrat support, against the wall.

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