White House requests $13bn to build Trump's border wall

White House requests $13bn to build Trump's border wall

White House requests $13bn to build Trump's border wall

In all, the Trump administration is seeking $33 billion in funding, of which $8.5 billion will go towards recruiting 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and other officials over a seven-year period to be deployed along the border with Mexico.

The proposal by Customs and Border Protection calls for 316 miles (505 kilometers) of additional barrier by September 2027, bringing total coverage to 970 miles (1,552 kilometers), or almost half the border, according to a US official with direct knowledge of the matter.

The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the plan, which would include 316 miles of new fencing and 407 miles of reinforcing existing fence over the next decade. But members of Congress have not yet agreed to spending any money on the wall, and Mexico has repeatedly said it won't foot the bill.

President Donald Trump's proposed border security measures are undermining bipartisan negotiations on Capitol Hill - and could potentially lead to a government shutdown, a top Senate Democrat said Friday.

A built in delay gives congress until March to come up with a resolution.

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If that work was completed, more than half of the almost 2,000 mile-border with Mexico would be lined with a physical barrier.

'This is not going to get us the whole wall we need, but it's a start, ' she said.

"I believe that Mexico will pay for the wall", President Trump told reporters at Camp David in Maryland, where he is meeting with Republican leaders.

Border Patrol agents patroling the United States-Mexico Border wall during Opening the Door Of Hope/Abriendo La Puerta De La Esparana, at Friendship Park in San Ysidro, Calif., on November 19, 2016.

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