Trump wants billions to build a border wall and ramp up deportations

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally Wednesday

But by asking for border wall funding in a Defense Department supplemental request for fiscal 2017, the Trump administration is setting up a major clash with Senate Democrats.

Some of the preliminary estimates for the wall, which is expected to cover a 2,000-mile stretch, showed it could cost as much as $15 billion. Mulvaney said a more-detailed budget in May would request money beyond fiscal 2018.

Various estimates put the cost for the 30-foot (nine-meter) wall at between United States dollars 8 billion and USD 40 billion.

The budget request did not include a way for Mexico to pay for constructing the barrier, as Trump pledged during the campaign. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has said his country won't pay for the wall. After many years in California as an American citizen, he moved to Mexico about five years ago and counts himself among Trump's supporters. Trump's proposals on Thursday will be his most detailed stab yet at remaking the federal government after winning his upset victory over Hillary Clinton.

A DHS spokesman told TheDC, "because these agencies need time to significantly ramp up their recruiting pipeline and absorb this surge in new employees, the Budget makes a down payment on this commitment, proposing funding for the first 10 percent of these new hires: 500 Border Patrol Agents and 1,000 new ICE officers and agents in addition to support personnel".

"We wrote it using the president's own words".




The Trump administration will roll out two budget plans on Thursday: one that amends the Obama administration's 2017 spending plan, and another for fiscal 2018, which begins on October 1.

But Mulvaney said that's partly because the administration is still deciding what it wants its wall to consist of.

The proposed budget "safeguards cyberspace with $1.5 billion for DHS activities that protect federal networks and critical infrastructure from an attack", according to the blueprint, which was publicly released Thursday morning. The extra spending on detaining undocumented immigrants represents a boon for the prison industry, while the US armed forces will receive their own boost with a $54 billion increase in spending in the name of securing the nation from enemies such as Islamic State.

The budget outright eliminates funding for a number of cultural programs, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

"[The wall] is something we want to get on right away", Ryan said at a Politico Playbook event in January.

Donald Trump's $1.15 trillion government spending plan slashes programs that help those in need while redirecting billions to waging a war on undocumented immigrants, in what Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer describes in an email to staff as "the uprooting of a people on a scale never before witnessed in this nation's history".

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