News

Immigration

Report: Trump to Request $500 Million More for Border Wall

President Trump speaks while touring border wall prototypes near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, Calif., March 13, 2018. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

President Donald Trump is set to bump up his request for border-wall funding by $500 million, a new report says.

The president will request at least $2.2 billion to build the wall in the budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in September, according to Politico.

The border wall’s ultimate cost has been estimated at $21.6 billion, not including maintenance, and it will take more than three years to complete, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The president originally promised that Mexico would pay for the wall, but such hopes have flagged since his 2016 campaign.

Supporters of building the barrier have proposed crowd-funding as a way to accrue money for the project. Representative Diane Black (R., Tenn.) introduced the Border Wall Trust Fund Act on Friday, which would “allow the Secretary of the Treasury to accept public donations to fund the construction of a barrier on the border between the United States and Mexico, and for other purposes.” The trust fund would mirror how the federal government raised money to construct the Washington Monument, relying on private donations, Black said.

Congress is in an escalating fight over immigration as some moderate House Republicans have joined Democrats to try to force a series of votes on a legislative fix for the 800,000 children in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, while the conservative Freedom Caucus wants a vote on a hardline immigration bill with shaky support in the chamber.

The president has threatened to shut down the government in September if his demands on border-wall funding are not met.

Most Popular

White House

Another Warning Sign

The Mueller report is of course about Russian interference in the 2016 election and about the White House's interference in the resulting investigation. But I couldn’t help also reading the report as a window into the manner of administration that characterizes the Trump era, and therefore as another warning ... Read More
U.S.

Supreme Court Mulls Citizenship Question for Census

Washington -- The oral arguments the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday will be more decorous than the gusts of judicial testiness that blew the case up to the nation’s highest tribunal. The case, which raises arcane questions of administrative law but could have widely radiating political and policy ... Read More
Film & TV

It’s the Deep Breath before the Plunge

Warning. SPOILERS are ahead. If you don’t want to know anything about episode two of the final season of Game of Thrones, stop reading. Now. One of my favorite moments in Peter Jackson's outstanding adaptation of Lord of the Rings happened in the final movie, The Return of the King. On the eve of Mordor's ... Read More