Trump Wants $18 Billion For Mexico Wall

Trump wants $18 billion for Mexico wall

The biggest advocate for keeping illegal immigrants out of the United States, President Trump is back in the spotlight, this time because he is proposing that Congress set aside a boatload of money to be used over the next ten years to build a wall at the U.S. Mexico border.

Trump, a long time proponent of the “wall,” used his idea of a big, beautiful wall often during his presidential campaign to rangle votes and it appears he is actually trying to follow through.

Trump has repeatedly stated that Mexico should be the one’s paying for such a massive structure, however Mexico have stated that they will not be fitting the bill.

Mexico will pay for wall

Just recently, when asked if Mexico will fit the bill, Trump again stated that they should and in some way, will.

“I believe Mexico will pay for the wall,” Trump said. “I have a very good relationship with Mexico. We’re negotiating NAFTA. We’ll see how that goes. Yes, in some form, Mexico will pay for the wall.”

So just how much is Trump asking for? How about a cool $18 billion!

The funds, would be doled out over a ten year period with a substantial $3.2 billion to be used over the first two years of the Trump administration to mend existing fencing that separates the two countries.

“This is not going to get us the whole wall we need, but it’s a start,” stated Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

The proposal would see the creation of a wall that would span more than 505 kilometres in length, which when combined with the current barriers in place would bring the total to 1,552 kilometres, or nearly half the border between the two countries.

The proposal does not however state where exactly the wall will be built.

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