1/7/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,
President Donald Trump has asked Congress for $18-Billion in funding to build the border wall.
The Great Wall of Trump was one of the cornerstones of the Trump candidacy. And while development of the wall isn’t moving as quickly as some Trump supporters would like, there is movement.
President Trump has made funding for the wall one of the conditions of any DACA deal.
Meanwhile, wall prototypes are complete, and President Trump is planning a visit to San Diego soon to check them out for himself.
And U.S. Customs and Border Control will begin testing the prototypes soon.
However, Leftists on both side of the aisle are fighting the President on the wall-funding front.
Democrat House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi of California called the request “alarming” and called for her supporters to “speak out.”
Meanwhile, a survey conducted by USA Today showed only a quarter of Republicans in Congress agree with Trump on building the wall.
But despite the barriers, the Trump Administration does have allies.
One-time Trump rival, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been a loud advocate for the Great Wall of Trump. He even authored a bill that would build the wall and “make El Chapo pay for it.”
But President Trump needs more allies, as a spending bill to build the wall will require 60 votes in the Senate, with the GOP only holding 52 Senate seats. That disturbing math could be why the Administration has been linking wall funding to DACA.
Regardless, the President seems focused on making sure one of his biggest campaign promises – putting Americans First — comes to reality.
In a recent tweet, President Trump said of a DACA deal:
“The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc.” He added: “We must protect our Country at all cost!”
The $18 billion in funding would go toward 700 miles of new replacement barriers, increasing the current 654 miles of boundary to about 1,000 miles.