Politics Trump budget to include $3 billion for border wall - official

04:40  09 february  2018
04:40  09 february  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Mexican-American judge that Trump attacked could hear case on border wall

  Mexican-American judge that Trump attacked could hear case on border wall The federal judge who President Donald Trump attacked for his ethnicity during the 2016 presidential campaign could end up judging whether the president gets to build his proposed border wall. U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel - who Trump said might be biased against him in a lawsuit concerning Trump University because of Curiel's Mexican heritage - will hear a case on Friday that could determine Trump's ability to waive environmental laws in the construction of the wall.Curiel could hinder the administration's efforts to build barriers on unfenced portions of the border if he rules against Trump.

But the Trump budget proposals revealed late Wednesday include .1 billion for the wall . Reuters reported that Trump was asking for .5 billion for the current fiscal year and another .6 billion for the 2018 budget year, which begins Oct. Donald Trump Mexico Border Wall .

Ahead of unveiling the budget , the Trump administration has proposed kick-starting President Donald Trump ’s signature campaign initiative of the construction of a wall on the border of Mexico and the United States with .1 billion in spending through 2018, an official said Wednesday.

FILE: A prototype for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico is seen behind the current border fence in this picture taken from the Mexican side of the border in Tijuana, Mexico, January 27, 2018. © REUTERS/Jorge Duenes FILE: A prototype for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico is seen behind the current border fence in this picture taken from the Mexican side of the border in Tijuana, Mexico, January 27, 2018.

President Donald Trump's budget proposal to be unveiled on Monday will include a request for $3 billion as a down payment on building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, a senior administration official said on Thursday.

The official, who briefed a small group of reporters on condition of anonymity, said the money would go toward purchasing private land in the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas and advance purchases of steel.

Poll: Majority opposes border wall with Mexico

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President Donald Trump will propose deep cuts for foreign aid and environmental protection and a steep increase in military spending in a budget plan to be released on Thursday, a congressional source said.

President Trump reportedly won't follow through with his threats to shut down the government if the .6 billion he has requested to build the border wall is not included in a short-term budget deal, The Washington Post reports.

The administration hopes to build 60 miles (96 km) of new steel bollard fencing along the border with 2018 funding and an additional 64 miles (103 km) with 2019 funding.

The $3 billion will be on top of this year's $14 billion request for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

The border wall was a signature issue for Trump in his 2016 presidential election campaign. He pledged that Mexico would pay for the wall, which the Mexican government has insisted it will not do.

Democrats sharply oppose the wall, which Trump has said is aimed at keeping out illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.

The new fencing would be constructed in areas known to be used by migrants crossing into the United States, the official said.

Wall funding has been caught up in a debate over how to protect young "Dreamers," people who were brought to the country illegally as children.

Trump has offered to give the Dreamers protection from deportation and a pathway to citizenship over 10 to 12 years, in exchange for $25 billion in wall funding and tightened restrictions on legal immigration, but Democrats have balked at the terms.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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