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NM state lawmaker seeks to block border wall

NM state lawmaker seeks to block border wall

"We want the wall - the wall is going to happen or we're not going to have DACA", Trump said. "The Secretary will require fixes to these loopholes as part of any immigration package negotiated (in a meeting Tuesday) at the White House".

"President Donald Trump is asking Congress for a 10-year allocation of $18 billion for his big lovely border wall with Mexico ("$18 billion sought to begin wall on border", January 5), with the first $1.6 billion to replace 74 miles of fence in the current year 2018.

Both the number of people that Border Patrol caught crossing without authorization and the number of people coming to ports of entry without valid documents decreased dramatically in the spring of past year and began rising again toward the end of the summer, according to data from Customs and Border Protection. The CBP also requested $8bn for additional personnel and training, plus $5bn for new border technology and another $1bn to construct access roads. Arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement are up - but little has operationally changed at the border and deportations last year lagged behind the last year of Obama's presidency. Democrats have been supportive of certain border security measures, but have stopped short of supporting a physical wall.

Even if the wall were a good idea, which it most certainly is not, it's not something that should paralyze the American government.

Those surveillance aircrafts have proven effective in the past, assisting United States and worldwide authorities in catching a cumulative 34,108 lbs of marijuana and 193,197 lbs of cocaine during 145 drug seizures, The Times reported.

He again cited border patrol agents who told him that they needed the wall on the border.

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Other suggestions in the document reportedly included delaying a $15 million funding request for 15 new Coastal Interceptor boats used to catch drug smugglers, and cutting 200 of CBP's 500 canine units used to catch drugs and terrorists.

It also would cut almost 200 of the 500 canine units that customs officials say play a key role in programs to prevent terrorism and drug smuggling.

"The lack of funding and the elimination of the canine teams is short-sighted and poses a serious threat to border security", said Tony Reardon, the president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents customs officers.

The administration has employed aggressive rhetoric and spoken consistently about securing the border and cracking down on undocumented immigrants in the US.

He also told us ad nauseum that Mexico would pay for it. USA voters fell for this charlatan, but Mexico didn't, and now Trump's true intent is becoming clear. "If you want to be strategic about it, you want to invest in technologies and programs that can stop threats well before they can actually get to the border".


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