UPDATED 12:59 PM PT — Fri. February 9, 2018
As the fiscal battle rages on in Congress, President Trump is set to lay out his own budget proposals on Monday.
The White House says the president will request three billion dollars from Congress to start building the border wall.
“They don’t want security at the border, people pouring in, they don’t want to stop drugs, and they want to take money away from our military, which we cannot do,” said the President Trump in reference to opposing Democrat lawmakers. “Those are some of the sticking points.”
A senior White House official said the money would go towards purchasing private land in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, and advance purchases of steel.
The Trump administration is planning to build almost 125 miles of wall this year, combining funding from 2018 and 2019.
The border wall has been a primary issue for President Trump since his 2016 campaign as the president seeks to stop illegal arrivals and curb trans-border drug-trade.
The president has maintained that Mexico would pay for the wall — directly or indirectly.
The three billion dollars will be on top of another $14 billion requested this year for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.
“We’re getting very little help from the Democrats…You know they talk a good game,” said President Trump. “We have to get help from the other side, or we have to elect many more Republicans, that’s another way of doing it.”
According to the White House official, the new fencing will be built in areas known for heavy volumes of illegal alien crossings.