US Congress to allocate $1.6 billion for Trump Wall construction

Saturday, 15 Jul, 2017

The statements came during an off-the-record briefing with reporters that Trump made on-the-record on Thursday.

The entire conversation was supposed to be off the record, until Trump, according to the Times, changed the rules in the middle of the exchange and put the entire thing-including his comments about the importance of transparency in building the border wall-on the record for the world to see. "We're going to build that wall, or you'll know the name of every Republican who surrenders to the Democrats to break my filibuster".

Trump also explained that it would be necessary to see through the wall, leading to speculation that he is now in favor of the type of fences built under the Obama and Bush administrations.

"As disgusting as it sounds, when the big bags of drugs are thrown, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you do not see them". The second bid notice called for other types of walls, including something that could be seen through, reports the Guardian. "We're fixing it. It's already started", Trump said.

"Finally, we are once again concerned with the President's fiscal year 2018 request for a very expensive, ineffective new wall along the southern border with Mexico and new funding for the Department of Homeland Security to hire a "deportation force" and increase detention beds", the senators wrote.

Ah, you non-wall-experts are wondering, "but why must we be able to see through the wall?"

And before reporters and the president moved on to other subjects, Trump added that his vision of a 2,000-mile border wall wouldn't actually extend the full 2,000 miles. One particular part of the transcript stood out to Twitter, when Trump talked about innovations his wall would need to keep border patrol agents safe.

In May, Trump tweeted: "Our country needs a good shutdown in September to fix mess!" in response to Democrats striking a spending deal with Republicans that did not include funding for the construction.

After winning the election, he told 60 Minutes that he'd be open to fencing in some stretches, and he has referred to treating natural landmarks such as rivers and mountains as barriers before.

Freedom Caucus spokeswoman Alyssa Farah noted, "The vast majority of the group would like to see border wall funding", she said.

Democrats objected to the funding and significant opposition surfaced among Republicans as well, many of whom have problems with the wall.

In March, U.S. Customs and Border Protection solicited proposals for two types of walls - one concrete barrier and another constructed of "alternative materials".

Immigrant advocacy groups sued the United States government on Wednesday, alleging that people fleeing persecution are frequently turned away at border crossings with Mexico when they seek asylum or express fear of returning to their homeland. "So you don't need that", said Trump.

Trump advocated having "anywhere from 700 to 900 miles of see-through wall", the BBC reported.

Trump promised on the campaign trail that he would find a way to make Mexico pay for the wall.