The Cost of Trump's Wall Going Up Is Going Up
- Author: Ernesto Newman Feb 12, 2017,
Feb 12, 2017, 0:36
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on January 25 directing the Department of Homeland and Security to start building a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.
President Trump has repeatedly claimed that he will eventually make the government of Mexico pay for the border wall between the two countries, a claim repeatedly - and forcefully - rejected by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Ahead of the planned visit, Trump tweeted: "If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting".
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (8 February) said that designing of the contentious Mexico border wall was underway and that he was not kidding about building the wall to stop immigrant flow into the US.
The senators wrote, "We are extraordinarily concerned that President Trump's executive order appears to require that you divert DHS funds meant for critical security priorities to instead fund the border wall".
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The wire service reports: "The report is expected to be presented to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly in coming days, although the administration will not necessarily take actions it recommends".
So what is Trump's own administration saying about the border wall's construction?
The first phase would cover 26 miles of high-risk area near America's southernmost cities such as San Diego, California, and El Paso, Texas.
DHS Secretary Kelly and President Trump would have to sign off on the second phase which proposes expanding the fence to more than 151 miles in the Valley, Laredo, El Paso, the Big Bend and Arizona. People who live in those districts also voiced opposition to building a wall along the border.
During the campaign, Trump promised that the wall would only cost $8 billion to build. The limited information provided by the Mexico's foreign ministry only states that the dialogue between the envoys and their USA counterparts was a continuation of what Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Donald Trump had established.