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Trump seeks $18 billion for Mexican border wall

Trump seeks $18 billion for Mexican border wall
From CBC - January 5, 2018

The Trump administration has proposed spending $18 billion USover 10 years to significantly extend the border wall with Mexico, providing one of its most detailed blueprints of how the president hopes to carry out a signature campaign pledge.

The proposal by Customs and Border Protection calls for 505 kilometresof additional barrier by September 2027, bringing total coverage to 1,552 kilometres, or nearly half the border, according to a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the matter.

It also calls for 651 kilometresof replacement or secondary fencing, said the official, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the plan has not been made public.

Trump has promised "a big, beautiful wall" with Mexico as a centrepiece of his presidency but offered few details of where it would be built, when and at what cost. His administration asked for $1.6 billion this year to build or replace 118 kilometresof fencing in Texas and California, and officials have said they also will seek $1.6 billion next year.

The 10-year plan, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, resulted from discussions with senators who asked the agency what it would take to secure the border, the official said.

The DACA connection

It comes as the administration intensifies negotiations in Congress on a package that may include granting legal status to about 800,000 people who were temporarily shielded from deportation under an Obama-era program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Trump said last year that he was ending DACA but gave Congress until March to deliver a legislative fix.

The plan on border security came in response to a request by U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, said Jason Samuels, a spokesman for the Arizona Republican.

U.S. taxpayers will foot the bill

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