WH: Budget Provides $1.6 Billion for 'New and Replacement Border Wall'

By Melanie Arter | May 23, 2017 | 1:51pm EDT
White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney (CNSNews.com/Melanie Arter)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House's budget plan calls for $2.6 billion "in new infrastructure and technology investments in 2018," including $1.6 billion for new and replacement border wall along the southern border.

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvany unveiled the president's plan, titled, "The New Foundation for American Greatness," on Tuesday.

It includes $44.1 billion for the Department of Homeland Security and $27.7 billion for the Justice Department, "including critical law enforcement, public safety and immigration enforcement programs and activities."  The budget also invests in cybersecurity and invests in law enforcement, providing "critical resources for DOJ to confront terrorism, reduce violent crime, tackle the Nation's opioid epidemic, and combat illegal immigration."

The budget allots $2.6 billion to Customs and Border Protection "to deploy high-priority tactical infrastructure and border security technology, including funding to plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border."

It allots $239 million for "aircraft and other aviation assets to help identify and track border crossings and support enforcement actions on the ground." It provides $202 million "for critical equipment and facility needs, such  as vehicles, radios, weapons, and computers. Also, $197 million will be  spent on surveillance technology like "towers, radars, cameras, and sensors" to give Border Patrol agents "situational awareness in high-risk areas."

The budget calls for $111 million for "road construction and maintenance to give Border Patrol access to difficult to reach locations." It also allots $109 million "to recapitalize non-intrusive inspection equipment at ports of entry, anticipating that stronger enforcement between the ports may lead to increased contraband flowing through official border crossings."

It also provides more than $300 million "to recruit, hire, and train 500 new Border Patrol Agents" and 1,000 new ICE agents. Additionally, it provides $1.5 billion for "expanded detention, transportation, and removal of illegal immigrants." 

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