Trump will ask for $8.6B for wall in budget: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders pledges to support Democratic nominee in 2020 CNN’s Zucker: Fox News is a ‘propaganda outlet’ Warren struggles to gain traction amid Sanders surge MORE reportedly intends to request $8.6 billion for his long-promised wall along the border with Mexico when he submits his 2020 congressional budget on Monday.

Reuters reported that the president will submit his request to Congress based on a 2017 plan crafted by Customs and Border Protection that called for 722 miles of barriers to be built or replaced along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The funding for the wall would pull $5 billion from the Department of Homeland Security budget, plus $3.6 billion for the military construction budget at the Pentagon, according to the news service. The budget proposal would include a separate $3.6 million in military construction to help fund projects affected by the wall.

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In addition to wall funding, Trump’s proposal calls for the hiring of an additional 2,800 law enforcement and other personnel to reinforce the border, and 100 immigration judge teams, Reuters reported.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Congress must approve funding for fiscal year 2020 by Oct. 1, or funding could lapse and the government could shut down. The president previously triggered a government shutdown in December over his demand for more than $5 billion in wall funding.

Trump agreed to reopen the government in January, but maintained his $5.7 billion demand for wall funding. Congress ultimately approved $1.375 billion for border barriers, and the president issued a national emergency to bypass Congress and spend roughly $8 billion to construct his long-desired border wall.

The president’s emergency declaration highlighted $3.6 billion in military construction funding toward the border project. Those funds would be paired with separate executive action repurposing about $2.5 billion from the Defense Department’s drug-interdiction program and $600 million from the Treasury Department’s asset-forfeiture fund. 

The national emergency has drawn pushback from Congress, with the House voting to approve a resolution that would terminate the emergency, and the Senate expected to do the same this week. The Senate vote would set Trump up for the first veto of his presidency, with neither chamber likely to override it.

Trump has made construction of a wall along the southern border a key agenda item since he launched his campaign in 2015. His inability to complete the task has prompted criticism from hardline immigration activists, though Trump has insisted the wall is being built and transitioned his mantra from “Build the wall” to “Finish the wall.

thehill.com/homenews/administration/433370-trump-will-ask-for-86b-for-wall-in-budget-request-report

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