It’s full steam ahead for the Trump Administration on one of the key campaign promises that got the president elected in 2016. Wall construction on the southern border is about to get ramped up with an infusion of cash.
Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan said in January he expects to meet President Donald Trump’s goal of erecting 450 miles of new border wall construction by the end of 2020, and the White House maintained that optimism Sunday.
“On the border, there’s great news to report,” the official told the Caller. “The president has kept his promise to secure the border. With funding available, the administration will build up to approximately 1,000 miles of border wall along the southwest border.”
“The 2021 budget request, which has increases for infrastructure, technology, and law enforcement personnel, is what’s required to gain operational control of the border.”
According to White House officials familiar with the fiscal year 2021 proposal, the budget request for Customs and Border Patrol jumped to $15.6 billion, up roughly 7 percent from last year’s enacted total. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also saw a significant budget bump, with a funding request just shy of $10 billion.
The Department of Defense will contribute funds as well, since the southern border truly is a national defense need.
That’s one bit of good news in the budget that now has to face the hurdle of getting passed by Congress. Out of over $4 trillion, we should get this tangible benefit, if nothing else. Recent results of what has been built to date demonstrate that the wall approach works.
CBP border enforcement actions dropped for seven consecutive months to end 2019, a decrease of more than 70 percent from May’s high point, which prompted Trump to declare a humanitarian crisis at the border.
And so the Trump Train steams ahead despite all attempts to derail its initiatives.