House GOP pushes for funding border wall

House Republicans introduced a bill Tuesday that earmarks $1.6 billion to start construction on President Trump's border wall next year.
By Kara Menard | Jul 14, 2017
House Republicans introduced a bill Tuesday that earmarks $1.6 billion to start construction on President Trump's border wall next year. The bill sets the stage for another fierce partisan fight between Democrats who overwhelmingly oppose the wall and conservative Republicans who are adamantly in favor of it.
The bill also calls for 1,500 more immigration officers, including 500 more Border Patrol officers and 1,000 more personnel to handle deportations. In addition, it requests funding to maintain an average of 44,000 detention beds to hold undocumented immigrants, and it adds more than two dozen jurisdictions to the 287(g) program, which supports training local police and sheriff's deputies to enforce immigration laws.
The $1.6 billion sum meets Trump's request for money to build an initial 60 miles of new barriers in Texas and to replace 14 miles of fencing near San Diego. The Texas barriers will cover areas that Customs and Border Patrol had designated as high-priority.
"Keeping Americans safe by protecting our homeland is a top priority," said Rep. John R. Carter, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee. "This funding bill provides the resources to begin building a wall along our southern border, enhance our existing border security infrastructure, hire more Border Patrol agents and fund detention operations."
The subcommittee will vote on the bill Wednesday and try for a full House vote later in the month. There is no Senate version yet.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, noted that Trump had repeatedly promised to make Mexico pay for the wall. She rebuked Trump for making taxpayers foot the bill and predicted that House Democrats and Republicans both would come out against it.
"A wall of bipartisan opposition is the only thing House Republicans are trying to build here," she said.

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